Report: GOP’s Johnson didn’t report some funds

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Eric Johnson did not disclose more than $280,000 in taxpayer money paid to his Savannah architecture firm at a time when he was required to do so, according to an Associated Press review of financial reports and state records.

Under state ethics law, Johnson was obligated to disclose any business with the state worth more than $20,000 since he held more than a 10 percent ownership as a managing partner of Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung — one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast. Johnson no longer has an ownership interest in the firm.

Between 1999 and 2004, Johnson’s financial disclosure reports show the firm took in $578,953 for design work on eight state contracts, most for the state university system. At the time, Johnson was the top Republican in the state Senate.

Missing from Johnson’s reports, however, was an additional $289,375 the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission paid to the Savannah firm for plans to renovate a library on the campus of Dalton State College.  Read the complete story

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Bama Bill

May 25th, 2010
5:17 pm

Give the good Senator a voucher to Mississippi where his game will play !

Rob Vinson

May 25th, 2010
9:30 pm

“inadvertent” … How convenient to have left that little $280,000 tidbit out.

Morrus

May 26th, 2010
8:24 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

Bubba

May 26th, 2010
9:16 am

While we’re examining the transgressions of legislators fleeing the “incumbent” tag to seek higher office, don’t overlook those of Sen. Preston Smith, running for Attorney General. After all the scandal over his philandering and messy divorce and his inability to make a living practicing law in his hometown, he has fled to Atlanta hoping that no one will inquire into the issues of character and competence that are all too well known in Rome.

RB

May 27th, 2010
2:23 pm

Don’t see the big deal here…. There have been hints about Oxendine’s alleged mis-handling of funds on the job as insurance commissioner that certainly warrant question’s being asked much more than this issue. Must be a slow news cycle for the author or maybe, he’s got a buddy on someone else’s campaign. If the funds were taken inappropriately or it was way out of line with what should/could be charged, that would be a story-this is filler, but at least it helps his name recognition.