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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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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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

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WABE – Former Common Cause Ga. Head Vows To Keep At Ethics Fight

Listen to the full story at: http://wabe.org/post/former-common-cause-ga-head-vows-keep-ethics-fight Ethics watchdog groups make it a point to hold public officials and public institutions accountable and responsive to citizens. That’s actually the core mission of Common Cause Georgia, and for four years William Perry has served as the organization’s executive director. But the leadership of Common Cause is changing, and William Perry is no longer the executive director. Perry joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer on “A Closer Look”

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AJC – Common Cause of Georgia’s head to start new watchdog group

Read the full story at: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/08/11/common-cause-of-georgias-head-to-start-new-watchdog-group/ “I’ve learned it’s really hard to be a government watchdog as well as a public policy advocate. And Common Cause, both nationally and in Georgia, is taking on new issues, they’re playing more of a role in expanding the public policy work they do. And I just think I’m not the right fit for that. I need to be somebody who wants to kick down doors and expose government corruption.

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