There is a new report released by a a partnership between the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International, and Global Integrity comparing the integrity levels of legislators at every state. To read the report on Georgia, click here. We didn’t fare very well. Georgia got an “F.” In fact, Georgia ranked dead last in the state-by-state ethics study.
“In Georgia, more than 650 government employees accepted gifts from vendors doing business with the state in 2007 and 2008, clearly violating state ethics law. The last time the state issued a penalty on a vendor was 1999.”
“Georgia scored at or near the bottom in a number of categories in the study, including conflict-of-interest laws for civil servants, enforcement of ethics rules and government procurement laws.”
And worse, “In 2011, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission assessed $7 million worth of fines for campaign finance violations. But because the commission, formerly known as the Georgia State Ethics Commission, couldn’t afford to send out notices by certified mail, fines against politicians, officials, and political parties were cut to a total of around $1 million.”
Click here to read the Georgia Report.