The Whistleblower lawsuit that sparked an investigation into Governor Nathan Deal's 2010 campaign may take years to resolve. Federal authorities are looking into allegations made by two former employees of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The pair is currently suing the state under the Georgia Whistleblower Act. They claim the commission forced them out after they tried to look into ethics allegations involving the Deal campaign. Reports Wednesday revealed that a federal grand jury has subpoenaed a handful people to appear next month, none of whom work in the Governor’s Office.
Gov. Nathan Deal suspended state Senator Don Balfour on Wednesday following his criminal indictment in September. Deal’s decision came at the recommendation of three fellow Republicans he appointed to sift through the charges. Balfour, a Snellville Republican, faces charges he illegally claimed reimbursements when he wasn't on official state duty. In a hearing Wednesday, Balfour’s attorney, Ken Hodges, argued the expense report errors were inadvertent. And he said a state Senate ethics committee has already determined just that.
Three Republicans will decide whether to suspend state Senator Don Balfour who’s facing fraud charges. The panel will suspend Balfour if the charges compromise his ability to serve the public interest.
An attorney for the state ethics commission who raised concerns about the agency's handling of complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal has been contacted "several times" by the FBI. That's according to attorney Brian J. Sutherland, who is representing ethics commission attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein.
Gov. Nathan Deal spoke to reporters Wednesday after an ex-ethics commission computer specialist told local media outlets he was asked to alter and remove dozens of documents in a case involving the governor. The former employee says he didn't examine the documents closely, but he believes they included financial information.
A former Georgia ethics commission computer specialist says he altered and removed dozens of documents in a case involving the governor. The documents came from the file for the investigation into complaints accusing Gov. Nathan Deal of misusing campaign funds in the 2010 election.
Ethics reformers are applauding the indictment of State Senator Don Balfour on allegations he illegally claimed travel expenses. But experts say it won’t be easy proving Balfour knowingly misappropriated state funds.
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.