Ethics Commission investigating Handel contributions

Even as she accuses her opponents in next week’s Republican gubernatorial primary of having “iffy” ethics, the state is investigating contributions to Karen Handel’s campaign.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the State Ethics Commission is investigating three complaints against the former secretary of state. The complainsta llege Handel repeatedly accepted contributions that exceed the legal limit of $6,100 per election cycle.

The Handel campaign told the AP that accounting mistake is to blame and that any extra money was refunded or reallocated before they knew of the complaints.

Eight separate complaints were filed by Christina Tejada, of Atlanta. Officials at the ethics panel consolidated them into three.

Word of the complaints against the former secretary of state come on the same day her first television ad of the campaign hit the airwaves around Atlanta with an attack on the “iffy ethics” of her leading GOP opponents.

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GoKaren

July 13th, 2010
11:26 am

Same desperate tactics as Stephen’s in 2006.

WGD

July 13th, 2010
11:27 am

Pot, Kettle –

Jack

July 13th, 2010
12:01 pm

Karen couldn’t even hold office in Pakistan since former ruler Pervez Musharraf introduced rules for 2008 polls that required elected officials to hold a bachelor’s degree. With all the smart and successful people in the country and state we are talking about Palin and Handel as being our potential leaders? What a shame. We can and must do better.

Where's Lester Maddox when you need him?

July 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

Our current governor is a friggin’ doctor and he has been one of the most ineffective leaders since, well, Roy Barnes. Let’s stick to issues, Jack. Oh, and Sarah has a college degree.

Tom McMahan

July 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

Wow! Both lead GOP gubernatorial candidates under investigation! Impressive! I guess if Mr. Deal had stayed in Congress about 2 weeks longer, it would have been three for three! Same as it ever was, same as it ever was…

UGA 1954

July 13th, 2010
5:23 pm

@GoKaren — if any of this is true (and I’m not so sure it is), it is the type of information that voters needs to be made aware of prior casting their ballot. My concern is that it appears as though all of them (with the exception of Chapman) seem to have some type of baggage or ethical challenges. If it’s a desperate tactic, then shame on whoever started it. If it’s not, then we should thank whoever brought it to light. The time to discover secrets about candidates, any candidates, is before the votes are cast. Having voted for Karen, I’d hate to see that I voted for someone who may have an issue.

Memphis235

July 13th, 2010
9:29 pm

Jack are you saying that you must hold a bachelor’s degree in order to be smart and successful? Shame on you. Some of the most successful people I know don’t hold a degree, btw they are some of the most innovative too. Does the name Bill Gates ring a bell? Also, I don’t think Pakistan compares in any way to our country, especially in the way they view women. I have seen Karen interviewed and watched the debates. She seems to angry to get anything done. All angry people do is create havoc. We need someone who will actually attempt to run this state. I vote Eric Johnson.