ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that executive branch officials under Gov. Nathan Deal’s authority took at least $25,000 in lobbyists’ gifts since the governor ordered them not to in January 2011, according to state records.
The findings arise from a unique partnership in which a reporter from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution worked with Emory University’s investigative journalism class to review compliance with the governor’s order.
Their joint investigation found that some senior officials appeared to have close relationships with lobbyists. In one email exchange, for example, a department commissioner told a lobbyist, “Keep this btwn you and me.”