corruption

Bill Campbell said what?

September 13, 2011 // 1 Comment

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@andishehnouraee andishehnouraee At @AtlantaMagazine Atlanta mayors forum, Campbell says he left city better than he found it. 13 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone I messaged Andisheh late last night. What follows is a dramatization of our e-mail [...]

Grifters never change (cont’d)

June 30, 2011 // 2 Comments

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First came the kickbacks. Now, the patronage. Gov. Nathan Deal’s choice to be the state’s mental health ombudsman is dating the governor’s chief spokesman and was chosen without following procedures outlined in state law, The [...]

Quid pro crock

June 19, 2011 // 1 Comment

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AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals — except that they’ve received big piles of AT&T’s cash. In recent weeks, the NAACP, the Gay & [...]

Faith, freedom and a sleazeball

June 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

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Four years ago he couldn’t get elected lieutenant governor in his home state. Now Ralph Reed has re-emerged as a GOP power broker, attracting every Republican presidential candidate — except Newt — to his catchphrase-heavy Faith [...]

Donate to Sarah Palin’s vacay fund

June 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Sarah Palin or no — does anyone really think this is a system worth defending? The trip appears to be part vacation, part political rally and part reality show. Fuel, lodging and other expenses are being paid for by SarahPAC, Palin’s [...]

What’s changed in 60 years

May 30, 2011 // 3 Comments

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How does a college professor obtain a $500,000 line of credit at Tiffany’s? Or a local sportscaster and her commercial fisherman husband afford a $1.7 million second home? It wouldn’t have happened without their political careers. [...]

Abramoff wing man touts Trump candidacy

April 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Baby-faced influence peddler Ralph Reed, who secretly accepted payments from Jack Abramoff to lobby against Indian casino gambling, says he’s “intrigued” by Donald Trump’s candidacy. That Reed remains relevant on the [...]

Why people hate corporate America

April 3, 2011 // 1 Comment

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Transocean Ltd. gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the “best year in safety performance in our company’s history” — despite the explosion of its oil rig that killed 11 people, including nine of its own employees, and [...]

John Oxendine’s star power

February 20, 2011 // 2 Comments

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In his last full day in office, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine issued himself several licenses to sell insurance and adjust claims, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Oxendine did not take the mandated classes or licensing tests, [...]

Dancing with the felons

January 11, 2011 // 3 Comments

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It doesn’t happen much, so when a public official is held accountable for their misdeeds, we should cheer. Republicans would be wise to abandon Tom DeLay, an oily charlatan with no remorse and even less regard for clean democracy. He’ll [...]

And the culture of corruption continues

November 17, 2010 // 2 Comments

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Gov.-elect Nathan Deal put his name on three earmarks in his last year in Congress, funneling $2.1 million in federal money to three Georgia recipients. All three are represented by lobbyists who are now serving on his newly-appointed transition [...]

Not race, but time

August 8, 2010 // 1 Comment

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It’s mere coincidence that ethically challenged House members Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters are black (or Democrats, for that matter). But combined they have spent 58 years in Congress. No coincidence there. Two years ago Nancy Pelosi [...]
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