Category Archives: Campaign Finance

Epic Fail for Georgia

Georgia is the state with the most potential corruption The legislative leadership in our state have been saying for two years now that we do not need to make any changes to our ethics laws and have taken a wait-and-see … Continue reading

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A Timeline of the Airport Contracting Controversies

Hartsfield Jackson Airport and the City of Atlanta recently concluded the largest round of contract bidding ever seen in North America. The contracts at stake were worth over $3 billion dollars. Given the enormity of the process, CCGA advocated for … Continue reading

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A new year and new hope for Georgia

CCGA’s Resolutions for 2012 Convince the General Assembly to allocate more funding to the State Ethics Commission and give them back their authority. Impost a lobbyist gift cap of $100 and prevent government officials from becoming lobbyist shortly after leaving office. … Continue reading

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Pay-to-Play Reform – Let’s get on the same page!

Let’s set the record straight – Common Cause Georgia is not smearing anyone’s name, especially not that of Mayor Kasim Reed.  We are, however, hoping he will rise to the occasion and embrace true ethics reform as he has in … Continue reading

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It wouldn’t be fall in GA without an extravagant lobbyist funded trip

It sure seems like a year can’t go by without a lobbyist expenditure scandal. Last year it was the $17,000 Europe trip, for House Speaker David Ralston. This year it’s the $5,000 golf trip for Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution … Continue reading

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Tardiness Hurts Transparency

Some of you may have noticed that we are in the process of updating our website. One of our goals was to have a current list of General Assembly members who filed their disclosure reports late. The Georgia Government Transparency … Continue reading

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Starbucks putting an end to partisanship

 Note: This entry represents the opinion of the writer, not the official position of Common Cause Georgia.   People are buzzing about the email from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz calling people to withhold campaign contributions until a debt solution is … Continue reading

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The Problem with PACs

 We hear the term PAC thrown around a lot in the political sphere, but what exactly does it mean? The Federal Election Commission defines a Political Action Committee (PAC) as political committees established and administered by corporations, labor unions, membership … Continue reading

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Food for thought on campaign finances

Campaigns cost money. All the flyers, mailings, posters, banners, and buttons add up, not to mention the costs of office staff, campaign headquarters, and countless media slots. So it is no small wonder why candidates up for election put so … Continue reading

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Names, Names, Go Away

Just the other day, Governor Nathan Deal vetoed SB163, a bill that wanted one simple thing- for political ads to bear the names of the individuals that paid for them.  Nothing too controversial- the bill was just making sure that … Continue reading

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