AJC – Ga. officials’ campaign reports don’t add up

William Perry, president of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, said candidates have been sloppy and sometimes dishonest because they knew no one was paying attention. “I think it gets messed up so much because there hasn’t been any sort of auditing on it,” Perry said. “There isn’t any sort of accountability.” http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/ga-officials-campaign-reports-dont-add-up/npWqp/

Athens Banner Hearald – Accuser stands by reports of wrongdoing

A new watchdog group started by UGA alumni has asked for another investigation, calling for a GBI investigation into what the group’s founder and president, UGA alum William Perry, called a “potential fraud cover-up” by UGA and University System of Georgia officials.  The investigation should also be expended to “anyone who may have assisted Dietzler with the fraud a University auditor found she committed, as well as those who violated state policy …. by not

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WSBTV – State investigates after Ch. 2 exposes financial wrongdoing and cover-up at UGA

“I don’t think that’s good enough. There is her wrongdoing, but there is alleged improprieties that go as high as the president’s office,” said William Perry, president of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs. He says the fact that the university never sent the report to the board of regents or attorney general is telling, adding that a series of emails revealing a cover-up at the highest levels of the university demand investigation. http://m.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/state-investigates-after-ch-2-exposes-financial-wr/npQkW/

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/

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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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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