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Georgia Ethics Commission

Georgia State Capitol gold dome.
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In upcoming elections, Georgia's state ethics commission will audit the campaign fundraising reports of all major statewide candidates, according to its executive secretary Stefan Ritter.

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The state commission that enforces rules about campaign spending has a new policy to handle conflicts of interest amongst its members.

The new Georgia state ethics commission policy says commissioners should recuse themselves from a case if they or someone in their family has a personnel or financial stake in the matter.

Georgia Capitol Building
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The state agency responsible for looking into campaign financing and ethics complaints is scheduled to meet next week, but with only three of five member seats filled.  

Two members of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, also known as the State Ethics Commission, resigned last month. The latest appointee for one of those spots declined to serve, saying his current work could create questions about conflict of interest.

The commission has faced several years of political turmoil, with whistle-blower lawsuits and turnover.

Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
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Gov. Nathan Deal has reconsidered a campaign pledge to overhaul the state ethics commission.

Last summer, Deal said the commission was plagued by “confusion, dysfunction and inefficiency.”

Now, his spokesman says it's "functioning well."

Part of Deal’s overhaul plan was to expand the size of the ethics commission board to help prevent conflicts of interest.

Ethics Commission Chief Fired

Sep 8, 2014
Michell Eloy / WABE

The State Ethics Commission Monday voted unanimously to fire its chief executive, Holly LaBerge.

The move comes less than a week after Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville called LaBerge “dishonest and nontransparent” for not turning over key documents in a whistleblower case brought by her predecessor over the commission’s investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign.