The chairman of the state ethics commission says the state auditor will handle an outside investigation into circumstances surrounding two lawsuits filed against the agency, as well as unspecified personnel issues. The board of the ethics commission voted three weeks ago to request an outside investigation.
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.
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 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.
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.
An 11th-hour proposal to close an ethics loophole exempting lobbyists from disclosing what they spend on gifts to staff members of elected officials has passed a House committee with the backing of Speaker David Ralston.