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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Early this week, we told you that pro-Republican groups were creating a hostile television climate for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, outspending her nearly 5-to-1. Emily’s List, the non-profit dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights, launches a $1 million advertising buy today on Atlanta broadcast and cable TV.
Michelle Nunn on the campaign trail in July. Bob Andres, email@example.com
A copy of the ad is not yet online, but Emily’s List said it focuses on a gender discrimination suit against Dollar General when Perdue was the company’s CEO. (ABC News first reported the buy this morning.)
In 2006, three years into Perdue’s four-plus years as Dollar General’s CEO, federal investigators at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that female store managers who worked for the company he ran “were discriminated against,” and “generally were paid less than similarly situated male managers performing duties requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility.”
A year later, separate from that investigation, thousands of female managers who were paid less than their male counterparts joined a class action suit against the company—which Dollar General eventually settled, paying the women more than $15 million.
Update: Leslie Shedd, spokeswoman for the Georgia Republican coordinated campaign, sends this along in response:
“Liberal Michelle Nunn’s blatant hypocrisy is truly astounding. While Nunn feigned outrage over outside money, her memo illustrates that her campaign fully expected EMILY’s List – a group that supports extreme measures, including partial birth abortion – to invest on Nunn’s behalf. Once again, Michelle Nunn’s campaign is being exposed as the DC consultant driven fraud that it is.”
During the runoff, Nunn offered Perdue and Jack Kingston a deal to reject all outside spending. She was rebuffed, though the campaign’s leaked internal memos showed that she expected outside help all along.
Daniel Malloy is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington Correspondent, covering the Georgia Congressional delegation and other D.C. goings-on that affect the state since 2011. He's a zealous fan and proud graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.