House Judiciary chairman asks Thurbert Baker to rule on contribution loophole

Jim Walls at Atlanta Unfiltered says the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has asked Attorney General Thurbert Baker to rule on whether the State Ethics Commission is about to open the barn door when it comes to campaign contributions:

The State Ethics Commission on Aug. 17 dismissed a complaint against Warner Robins mayoral candidate Chuck Chalk for accepting a $10,000 check (the so-called “Chuck Chalk check”) from the campaign of the late mayor Donald Walker.

Donations in municipal elections are capped at $2,400, but commission members held that the limit may not apply to contributions from other political candidates.

The decision applied only to that complaint, but it raised the possibility that unopposed candidates with fat campaign accounts could give unlimited amounts to candidates in close races, creating a legal path to circumvent contribution limits….

Walls points out that Baker could rule that the loophole indeed exists. The response from Willard:

“Let it be that way if it does,” Willard said. “Then we know what needs to be corrected.”

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17 comments Add your comment


August 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

They should just REMOVE ALL LIMITS!!1!!

It is an affront to my GOD GIVEN FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS to say I can only give so much!!!111!!

Who cares who donates to who? IT’S BETWEEN ME AND MY CHECKBOOK AND JESUS!!1!!!!

Just make sure and Democrat donors are PUT ON A LIST FOR US TO USE when the TIME IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!



August 25th, 2010
1:43 pm

Tons of money sloshing around pouring from one politician’s slush fund into another’s.
It’s the grease that makes this banana republic run.
We have the best government money can buy.

Innocent Bystander

August 25th, 2010
2:00 pm

Baker would be the very LAST person I’d ask for a ruling! I’d believe one of those lyin’ Atlanta lawyers before I’d believe him!


August 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

Baker would be the last person you’d ask for a ruling? Uh, you are aware that he is the Attorney General, no?

You may not like your county dog catcher’s politics, but thats who you call if a dog is loose in your yard.

Fake Conservative

August 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

Fred you’re not real bright are you?


August 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

Repubs are limp d*ck fiscally irresponsible chicken hawks, period.

Innocent Bystander

August 25th, 2010
3:11 pm

lmno, Baker is the AG in name only. I have known Georgia AG’s and believe me, he ain’t one!

Innocent Bystander

August 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

Cee-lo, you seem to have a fascination for Republicans’ genitals. Have you sought proffessional help for this pronlem? I guess you are one of those who has a peephole in a men’s restroom wall?


August 25th, 2010
3:33 pm

No Bystander, just an observation. Palin, Gingrich, McConnell, Boner all talk a big game. None of them have served in the military. Palin takes about federal intrusion, but Alaska was near the top in states receiving federal money. McConnell and Boner scream about the deficit, but don’t want to pay for tax cuts for the rich. Kick rocks dude.

Funny tho, you didn’t disagree with my post; only tried to make some stupid comment.


August 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

“lmno, Baker is the AG in name only. I have known Georgia AG’s and believe me, he ain’t one!”

This is seriouslly the height of stupidity. I mean, the guy was elected AG. He is the AG. Not in name only, but by election he holds that position. It makes no difference whether you like him, thats his job.

For example, I don’t like Oxendine since he openly takes money for favors and everyone in the industry knows it, but he is still the Insurance Commissioner.

Let me take a stab in the dark and guess why you don’t like Baker. I bet you dislike him because he refused to waste tax payer dollars sueing the federal government over teh health care reform bill. You wanted him to waste tax payer money just for political grandstanding and when he didn’t you decided to stop recognizing his official title.

Am I right?

The Ghost of Arthur Bolton

August 25th, 2010
4:32 pm

Thurbert’s not in any hurry to issue any ruling here.

He is still licking his wounds from getting stomped in the Dem primary by Barnes/Kahn. Hey Thurbert, how’s that political strategy of refusing to sue over Obama-care in order to get black support working out for ya?



August 25th, 2010
5:00 pm

“Hey Thurbert, how’s that political strategy of refusing to sue over Obama-care in order to get black support working out for ya?”

I tell you what, if ONE of the states that filed lawsuits actually wins, then you can say what you want about AG Baker. However, if every state loses (and they will) then you should be thanking Baker for not wasting tax money.


August 25th, 2010
5:07 pm

“Hey Thurbert, how’s that political strategy of refusing to sue over Obama-care in order to get black support working out for ya?”

And how are the constant ethical lapses working out for you Republicans? Just goes to show you what a complete joke the Tea Party is. If there is a government that needs to be taken back by the people its the government in Georgia, yet not a peep. Except of course for the idiotic wedge issues that work so well in diverting the attention of the brain dead Republicans.


August 25th, 2010
6:29 pm

Fred is certainly a troll but I just have to wonder about the “God given” First Amendment rights? Is that in the 10 Amendments that Moses (that Jew) brought down from the mountain? And Hussein bumper stickers are not covered in said God given Amendment?

Rob Vinson

August 25th, 2010
6:35 pm

Michael…. It’s the 10 commandments….heathen!

Innocent Bystander

August 25th, 2010
6:42 pm

lmno, that is correct – in part. That case will be heard by the Supreme Court and I predict that they will rule against ObamaCare for a number of reasons. For one thing, there is no “opt-out” in ObamaCare. There are several other factors that will be considered in their deliberations but the fed will lose on this one.

Booger Fing

August 26th, 2010
10:33 am

Thurbert “Don’t ask me crap cause I ain’t gonna do crap” Baker hasn’t done ANYTHING since he got the AG job. Another example of worthless waste of tax payer money!