AJC – AG’s office seeks inquiry into former UGA exec’s travel

“The fact that the attorney general’s office is taking this so seriously, shows that it needs a strong thorough investigation,” said William Perry, president of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs. Perry is also a UGA grad who served on the alumni board and considers Dietzler a friend. “I’ve known these folks for a long time so it really hurts if these allegations are true,” said Perry. http://m.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/ags-office-seeks-inquiry-into-former-uga-execs-tra/npQj2/

Watchdogs File Ethics Complaint Against Former Senate Leader

Late yesterday, Georgia Ethics Watchdogs filed our first ethics complaint in an effort to spotlight needed changes in Georgia’s ethics laws. Our complaint was filed against former Senate Majority Chip Rogers with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission for violating campaign disclosure laws by not being specific about loans from himself to his campaign, which were then paid back three years later.  He also has not filed required reports, seven in all, since

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WSB Radio – Mixed reviews for Georgia’s new ethics report card

By Sandra Parrish Atlanta — Georgia boosts its ranking on a report card that measures the risk for corruption in state government. But William Perry, founder of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish he believes changes in methodology used by CPI is the reason for the state’s improvement. “If you take away parts of a test that a state previously failed, obviously their score is going to get better and that’s what’s happened in

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Savannah Morning News – Ethics group gives Georgia a D-minus for ethics, openness

By WALTER C. JONES ATLANTA — A national advocacy group has awarded Georgia a D- for laws dealing with campaign finance, government ethics and openness in an assessment released today. No state made higher than a C on the report card produced by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Georgia’s numerical grade, 68.2, puts it squarely in the middle of states at 24th. That compares to its ranking at 50th, the worst in

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AJC – Report cites progress but gives Georgia D- on ethics

By Chris Joyner – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Georgia’s anti-corruption laws got a D- in a report released Monday, but it was not the grade that caused the most controversy. Three years ago, the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization, released a report grading every state on the strength of its laws against official corruption. That report ranked Georgia dead last and handed ethics watchdogs a cudgel to swing in their campaign for

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Devastating for Georgia Ethics: 2015 State Integrity Investigation

Today the Center for Public Integrity, along with Global Integrity released it’s 2015 State Integrity Investigation report, which ranks the elevates Georgia’s “integrity” ranking to 24th in the nation, up from 50th just three years ago. The result for ethics reform advocates will be devastating! As an ethics watchdog, I can not support this report. CPI changed its methodology since its report in 2012, so while most people will assume they have compared apples to

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AJC – DeKalb CEO Lee May makes his case to residents

Read full article at: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/dekalb-ceo-lee-may-makes-his-case-to-residents/npHpN/ William Perry, the executive director of Georgia Ethics Watchdog, said it’s hard to judge May because he ended the Bowers and Hyde investigation before they were finished. May ordered the investigators to produce a final report as its costs rose after five months of work, with no end in sight. “He made a very compelling case on every question he was asked,” said Perry, who attended all but one of May’s

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AJC – Oxendine’s found money: extra $235,000 in campaign account

Read the full story at: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/oxendines-found-money-extra-235000-in-campaign-acc/npHDb/ William Perry, who recently started Georgia Ethics Watchdogs after leading Georgia Common Cause for several years, said campaign reports lawmakers and candidates file are sometimes padded with “fluff.” “These reports are based on trust,” he said. “You don’t have to back them up with any documentation, you don’t have to show a bank statement. “The problem boils down to the fact that our commission, even with strong leadership and funding

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AJC – DeKalb corruption report was wrong about CEO’s hotel bill

Read the full story at: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/dekalb-corruption-report-was-wrong-about-ceos-hote/npCWp/ “I think he’s convincing a lot of people, when he’s there in person making his case,” said transparency advocate William Perry, who has attended four of the six forums so far. “I think he’s coming out with the people in the room stronger than he was going in.”