Lawmakers owe state thousands

ATLANTA — Nearly 50 Georgia lawmakers owe the state money after they filed their campaign finance reports late or didn't file the documents at all.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the sums are relatively small — about $11,000 in late fees total — but some of the debt dates back nearly 10 years. The newspaper reviewed state ethics commission records.

State lawmakers write ethics laws and fund the ethics commission.

The commission says that more than 2,000 officials, candidates and committees owe $300,000 in late filing fees. That list includes former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Ethics commission executive secretary Stacey Kalberman said last week that her agency doesn't have the money for mailings, which include notices to candidates and others that they didn't file campaign disclosures on time.

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corrections8 05/08/11 - 03:09 pm
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Ok it is time for the ones we

Ok it is time for the ones we put in office to pay the piper. we the citizens that put you in office are paying for all the debt, that is not fair. why are they getting away with it? if they were the little people they would be harrassed until they settled the amount of money that is owed. if they do not do the right thing such as this they should be kicked out of office. harsh but true.

Fools_and_sages
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Fools_and_sages 05/08/11 - 03:25 pm
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If some of these "small
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If some of these "small debts" date back ten years, then interest should be paid too. Ten years of interest at about 5% APY is about $4300 in interest. In the average person's world, $11,000 plus interest isn't a small amount of money to owe when most of us make only about 3 times that per year in the first place. Obviously, the wealthy run our state government and are abusing their offices. They should pay up with the interest they owe or resign. Robbing your constituents by cutting services, raising fees for reduced services, and trimming or eliminating programs is unethical and much more morally deplorable in terms of job performance than frequenting prostitutes or cheating on your spouse. Politicians resign over personal immorality all the time. Unethical behavior should be punished just as severely.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/08/11 - 04:22 pm
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Fifty is not a long list!

Fifty is not a long list! Print it will amounts owed and see if any of the "politicos" will come clean and pay up!! If nothing else try to embarras them to their constituents!

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mary.dits 05/08/11 - 06:06 pm
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if i pushed the right button

if i pushed the right button and got the right list, our district attorneys are on it. danny craig and ashley wright? helen blocker-adams? taylor bryant, is this your anti-establishment protest? correct me if i'm wrong. charles walker (not sure if it's jr or sr now that i clicked off the page) and lee benedict? go check and tell me where i'm wrong.

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mary.dits 05/08/11 - 08:10 pm
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btw remember handsome deke's

btw remember handsome deke's big charity over campaign money feel good speech in october? did he take over 2k more after that and lend himself 5k more and donate 2k to certain richmond county commissioners? well, he was very handsome anyway and all my media personality friends had a great time at the speech. i guess he held that press conference to make up for the super piddly (under 2? real journalists, help me out) that he actually raised for charity during his heroic ironman workout montage.

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Asitisinaug 05/08/11 - 08:34 pm
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Ethics commission executive

Ethics commission executive secretary Stacey Kalberman said last week that her agency doesn't have the money for mailings, which include notices to candidates and others that they didn't file campaign disclosures on time.

Amazing...Typical Government Employee Response. Hey Stacey, have you ever heard of a PHONE - How about picking it up and calling all of these politicians who aren't filing on time or paying what they owe. A second alternative would be to LOOK UP THEIR E-MAIL Addresses and e-mail them their bill. And, if that doesn't work then compile a list and e-mail it to the newpapers, and I bet you the bills will get paid, at least most of them.

If you can't do those basic things, you don't need to be working for the taxpayers so stop making excuses and get the job done.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 05/08/11 - 08:39 pm
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Please publish the list.

Please publish the list. Anyone owing fees should feel public pressure to pay up.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 05/08/11 - 08:44 pm
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I found the list, most owe

I found the list, most owe $75.00. I'm sure they can afford to settle up on this.

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dwb3080 05/08/11 - 09:54 pm
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Collection for current state

Collection for current state reps and senators is so easy. Just take it from their pay. How stupid is our state employees that they could not think of that. Another way is to not allow them to vote or enter the chambers until it is paid. Stupid.

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ADAMS 05/08/11 - 10:46 pm
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Why printed and run a story

Why printed and run a story without given the names of the forty seven ,deadbeat,legislators who owed late fees?

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