Oxendine returns insurance contributions

ATLANTA - Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has returned $120,000 that was funneled into his gubernatorial campaign by two insurance firms.

The Republican detailed the returns in a campaign filing submitted late Tuesday night.

The move comes after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that the two Georgia insurance companies sent the money into Oxendine's campaign through 10 Alabama-based political action committees.

Georgia law forbids public officials from taking money from the companies they regulate.

Oxendine has said in a statement that he had requested an advisory opinion from the state ethics officials days before the newspaper's story ran in May. He had called the story a "hit piece."

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