DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, one of metro Atlanta’s most powerful leaders, finally told jurors and the public his side of the story Wednesday, testifying in his corruption trial that he never retaliated against county contractors who refused to give campaign contributions.
It happened in 2012. Georgia won the SEC East and played Alabama for the conference title. Georgia Tech tied Miami and North Carolina for first in the ACC Coastal but, since the Tar Heels were ineligible and the Hurricanes chose in late November to remove themselves from postseason play, the Yellow Jackets advanced to meet Florida State in the league championship game.
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Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning boarded a plane at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in full protection gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.