Posted: 2:37 pm Monday, July 7th, 2014
By Greg Bluestein
Better Georgia, the left-of-center start-up group, faces an ethics complaint claiming the organization improperly engaged in direct campaign activity that needles — as it often does — Gov. Nathan Deal.
James Burnham of St. Marys said in a complaint filed this month that an email he received from the group in May – slamming Deal — amounted to political conduct that doesn’t comport with its tax status.
He said Better Georgia, designated as a nonprofit social welfare organization, should instead be an independent expenditure committee which would be subject to state and federal disclosure requirements.
Update: While the complaint lists Burnham as a physician, a Google search turns up no such figure — but does point to a prominent chiropractic practice.
Better Georgia spokesman Brandon Hanick said Burnham was a “Republican party loyalist,” noting his role as a host of local GOP events. He called the complaint was an election-year tactic “as evidenced by the fact that the press was tipped off about the complaint” before his organization received it.
And then he threw in a barb about the ethics questions swirling around the governor:
“Unlike Gov. Deal, who just cost Georgia taxpayers $3 million because of his ongoing ethical issues, Better Georgia has complied with the law and will continue to do so.”