Category Archives: Government Ethics

Unlimited Lobbyist Spending Now Only Takes Two to Tango

A move earlier this week by the Senate Ethics Committee really puts an exclamation point on the statement we have made before: Georgia’s lobbyist gift cap is fraught with loopholes! And the House Ethics Committee has already pledged to match … Continue reading

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The Price of Secrecy

Note the following post was authored by Wyc Orr, Vice-Chairman of the board of Common Cause Georgia.   At what price secrecy? Are the costs to taxpayers from bad decisions resulting from secret deal-making by public officials too high for … Continue reading

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A bad news day for government

Written by: CCGA Board Member, Terry Taylor My happy weekend mood took a nosedive when I looked at the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Saturday, May 11. Here are the titles for three out of the four … Continue reading

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Job Opening, with Conditions

This is a recent blog posted by Bill Kraus – Chair of Common Cause Wisconsin since 1995 and Common Cause National Governing Board Member from 2003 to 2007. Due to the unhappy, unexpected, too early demise of Common Cause’s national … 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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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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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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