Unethical Abrams: 10 ethics reasons why Georgians should not vote for Stacey Abrams for Governor

Stacey Abrams was once a public official I liked… A LOT!  But what a disappointment she’s turned out to be with both her leadership and ethics.  She has more ethical challenges than any other statewide candidate.  She’s become “Unethical Abrams” to me — the Kasim Reed of statewide politics. I’m tired of the voters of our state electing people to public office, only later to find out that they completely lack ethics. So with the primary election

Read More…

Justice for Fulton Families “Edwards Watch” Case #1 – Rowles v. Rowles

Watchdogs Begin Edwards Watch Today with Rowles v. Rowles With the goal of having at least one volunteer monitoring every one of Judge Belinda Edwards‘ hearings, Georgia Ethics Watchdogs and Justice for Fulton Families begins Edwards Watch today with the case of Rowles v. Rowles. The hearing will be held at 185 Central Ave SW, 4th Floor Courtroom 4c, Atlanta at 9:30 am until at least 1 pm. Despite disclosures made by the Rowles children of

Read More…

Kick-off of Judge “Edwards Watch” – calling for volunteers to watch

Judge Belinda Edwards needs to be watched… and we plan to do just that! Join us for the kick-off of “Edwards Watch” – a volunteer effort to monitor Judge Edwards’ court.  When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 12 Noon Where: Fulton County Government, 141 Pryor Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 – main entrance Who: Justice for Fulton Families – William Perry, Georgia Ethics Watchdogs will be joined by families seeking justice. Why: To shine a light as bright

Read More…

Ethics Complaints: Abrams & Cagle Update

Last week I filed ethics complaints with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (state ethics commission) against gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams (D) and Casey Cagle (R).  Here’s an update: Abrams: I am filing a second complaint against Abrams today for using campaign funds and resources to promote sales of her newly released book.  This is illegal because candidates are not allowed to personally benefit from campaign funds.  Abrams has been paid by her

Read More…

Stroke a Check Kasim!

Watchdog calls for former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to reimburse the taxpayers for unconstitutional gifts: As you may have heard, former mayor Atlanta Kasim Reed in the last few weeks of his term gave substantial bonuses and gifts to favored city employees and winners of contests such as lip sync and the like. It was to the tune of $518,000. The bonuses were illegal because, as City Council President and Ethics Champion Felicia Moore described to

Read More…

Justice for Fulton Families Launched!

WATCHDOG CALLS FOR POTENTIAL CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION IN FULTON COUNTY FAMILY COURT I have struggled to get media attention on very shocking cases I’ve been approached with for years, and today I’m holding what I consider to be the most important press briefing of my career! Since I began my work as an ethics/political watchdog with Common Cause Georgia in 2010, and continuing that work with my own organization, Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, I have been approached

Read More…

KING KASIM: POWER, MONEY AND GREED

News reports of city department heads being fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed have described the moves as surprising or unexpected.  It’s really neither when you understand what this mayor is all about – power, money and greed.  And by the way, rumor has it the bloodletting at City Hall is not over. I offer this as my opinion and no, I have no hard evidence, no proof.  I say it as speculation knowing that

Read More…

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

Read More…

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

Read More…

Watchdogs Unleashed!

So it took a few weeks, but the wait is over… it’s time to unleash the watchdogs! Today, we are launching Georgia Ethics Watchdogs and the Georgia Ethics Watchdogs Education Fund. Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, will serve as a sentinel, a pundit to shine the light on public officials who cross the line by filing ethics complaints when the ethics in government act is violated. Our goal is to take actions to

Read More…