Author Archives: William Perry

About William Perry

Executive Director of Common Cause Georgia

Robocalls Spur Personal Attack by House Leader

House Majority Leader angrily replies to watchdog’s request for meaningful reform  In a surprising response to a letter sent to ethics committee conferees requesting consideration of amendments and informing members of advocacy calls to voters in their legislative districts, House Majority Leader Larry O’Neal … Continue reading

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Could the Billion Dollar Stadium Get A Billion Dollars in Public Money?

Believe it or not, there is a good possibility that the Atlanta City Council may vote on the proposed new stadium on Monday. If true, to call such a fast-track vote irresponsible would be a vast understatement. The two inch-thick … Continue reading

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Let the people decide!

At some point, a conversation we were never allowed to hear, took place between Arthur  Blank and Atlanta’s Mayor, Kasim Reed. A few other conversations we never heard took place between Reed and some city council members. Other quiet conversations … Continue reading

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Speaker’s Bill would turn his $17K trip to Europe into a $13K trip – that’s not a gimmick?

I get accused of not praising the steps the House Leadership has taken toward ethics reform. While I have praised them for offering to restore the rulemaking authority for what use to be known as the State Ethics Commission, requiring disclosure … Continue reading

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Speaker Ralston’s Bad Toupee Bill

“More of a sun visor than a cap,” is how Georgia House Speaker David Ralston described the Senate’s Rule limiting gifts from lobbyists to $100. He is so critical because of the exceptions the rule allows. He pledged to write … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Bluff Mr. Blank

This week Mayor Kasim Reed reportedly indicated to members of the Atlanta City Council that Arthur Blank implied that the Atlanta Falcons might consider a move to Los Angeles. If Arthur Blank or the Falcons are using a whispered threat … Continue reading

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Ralston’s Reform Too Good to Be True

How wonderful it would be for Georgia’s ethics commission to be able to write rules again. It would be a marvelous thing for lobbyists to lose their ability to give unlimited gifts to government officials in this state. The two … Continue reading

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The Gift Ban: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Late last week, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston announced that in response to the overwhelming support for a cap on lobbyist spending, he will propose a “full ban” on lobbyist spending in the 2013 legislative session. I am extremely pleased … Continue reading

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Editorial: 82% VOTE ‘YES’ for Gift Caps

Lobbyist Gift Limits and Pledge Supporting Candidates pull off huge victories Georgia is one of only three states that has absolutely no limit on lobbyist gifts to legislators.  If voter sentiment is important to members of the legislature, this should … Continue reading

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