Judge levies $20,000 fine for hiding evidence — here’s your copy of order

3:18 pm Sep. 3, 2014

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin has the details here, but here’s his lede:

A Fulton County Superior Court judge on Wednesday sanctioned the Attorney General’s Office and state ethics commission director Holly LaBerge and ordered each to pay $10,000 in fines for failing to turn over key documents in a whistleblower lawsuit involving the commission and Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, the AJC has learned.

And here is your copy of

Deal defends staff’s contact with ethics chief, comparing her to ‘prosecutor’

4:56 pm Jul. 17, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal issued the liveliest defense yet to the bombshell ethics memo rocking his campaign for re-election.

The remarks came in an interview with Erick Erickson, a conservative talk show host on WSB Radio, as he faces mounting pressure to explain why his aides contacted the commission’s chair, Holly LaBerge, days before a key hearing. In the interview, he compared LaBerge to a prosecutor and the commission’s five members to

Second-guessing Sam Olens on the Holly LaBerge memo

11:19 am Jul. 17, 2014


On today’s ethics front, we have boatloads of radio-delivered news.

Gov. Nathan Deal continues his pushback on the Holly LaBerge fallout this afternoon. Erick Erickson, the conservative provocateur for WSB Radio (750AM, 95.5FM) has sent out

Holly LaBerge’s memo and the queasy politics of ethics

5:47 pm Jul. 16, 2014

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is a quasi-judicial agency – with a heavy emphasis on the “quasi,” as this week’s developments have shown.

To the point of queasiness.

Once upon a time, we had

Ethics commission rejects complaint targeting Better Georgia

3:07 pm Jul. 16, 2014

The wheels of Georgia’s ethics commission grind on, even amid the fallout of its director’s bombshell accusations.  You need proof?

The panel rejected a complaint filed by Cade Joiner of Macon, a GOP activist with a hefty political resume. Like another complaint filed days earlier, it accuses the left-of-center Better Georgia group of failing to abide by the restrictions of its federal tax category.

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