Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is blasting accusations that his inner circle tampered with a wide-ranging investigation into his use of campaign money. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a report suggesting that Deal's choice to lead the state ethics commission conspired with the governor's aides to make the case go away. It ended in a settlement last year.
Georgia voters could elect to give the state's official ethics watchdog dedicated funding under a proposal from a state senator. Currently, the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is funded by a fluctuating budget approved by state lawmakers.
Georgia Tea Party groups warned legislators Thursday that there will be consequences if they don’t pass ethics reform this session. They joined a broad coalition of reform groups at the State Capitol to watch as two lawmakers filed a new ethics bill.
A member of Georgia's ethics commission is stepping down from the panel after just three months to accept an appointment as a judge. Chan Caudell, of Cornelia, told The Associated Press he would submit his letter of resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday.
The vice chairman of the state ethics commission has resigned, saying he's considering a run for the state Senate. Josh Belinfante said Friday he submitted his resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this week.
The state’s ethics commission unveiled a plan Friday to overhaul the way it operates. Commissioners said they want to contract with a private attorney to handle regulatory and compliance questions from candidates, officials and the public. The commission also would hire a second auditor and the two would handle complaints and investigations, with legal help from the state attorney general’s office.
The top two people in charge at the state’s ethics agency are on their way out. The board of the state ethics commission says it’s restructuring to save money. Critics say it’s the latest move to dis-empower the commission.