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