Author Archives: Rachel Bradley

About Rachel Bradley

Communications Coordinator at CCGA

How could $1 Billion in public money be put to better use?

I’ve talked to a lot people during our petition drive to put the public funding of the new stadium on the ballot. Many of those people indicate that they feel like Atlanta could put the Hotel/Motel Tax revenue to better … Continue reading

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The REAL Public Contribution to Billion Dollar Stadium

The public has been told repeatedly that Billion Dollar Stadium will only use $200 Million of the public’s money through the Hotel/Motel tax. That figure is misleading. The $200 million number is only for construction costs paid by the City. … Continue reading

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Top 9 Ethics Bill Loopholes

Although HB 142 does rectify some issues with the ethics laws in Georgia. There are several loopholes that keep the bill from achieving it’s true purpose: ending unlimited giving from lobbyists to legislators. Lobbyists can split tickets with other lobbyists … Continue reading

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Atlanta Fails for Spending Transparency

A recent report from the Georgia Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that the City of Atlanta’s spending transparency is not up to par with current standards. The report analyzed thirty of the country’s largest cities’ transparency practices. Atlanta was ranked … Continue reading

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The Politics of Ethics Reform

For years the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform has been emphasizing how ethics reform isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, but a right or wrong issue. Well it seems like the legislators under the Gold Dome don’t quite agree. Now … Continue reading

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Fifty Pledge Signers Elected to General Assembly

With the elections finally over, we can now see which Lobbyist Gift Cap Pledge signers have made it through the finish line. When these fifty men and women take their seats under the Gold Dome in January, they will all … Continue reading

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A Look at the Ethics Commission by the Numbers

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the “State Ethics Commission”, and all it’s inefficiency. The three graphics below illustrate just how far the Ethics Commission has fallen in a short amount of time. Hover over the images to … Continue reading

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Pay-to-Play in the Snow

This post is based on a report given by Rihard Belcher on WSB-TV. Click here to view the story. Yesterday, Richard Belcher from WSB Channel 2 reported on another pay-to-play scandal involving Mayor Kasim Reed. Surprisingly, it has nothing to … Continue reading

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Ethics reform efforts won’t end any time soon

The session may have come and gone, but our resolve to pass ethics reform should not. This year we got closer than ever before to our goal with comprehensive ethics bills in each chamber, and all limited lobbyist gifts to … Continue reading

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