Ethics commission rejects complaint targeting Better Georgia

The wheels of Georgia's ethics commission grind on, even amid the fallout of its director's bombshell accusations.  You need proof?

The panel rejected a complaint filed by Cade Joiner of Macon, a GOP activist with a hefty political resume. Like another complaint filed days earlier, it accuses the left-of-center Better Georgia group of failing to abide by the restrictions of its federal tax category.

You can read the copy of the commission's decision here, but the gist is that the panel found there were no documents supporting the allegation of a violation.

There's no word on a resolution of the other complaint, which made similar claims. As we've noted, the similarity and timing of the two complaints is an indication that Republicans are trying to put the group on the defensive as the campaign between Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter ramps up. Better Georgia is one of Carter's most vocal supporters.

Better Georgia said in a statement the speedy resolution was a sign the complaint was "politically motivated, frivolous and without merit."

It added:

"We will continue to exercise our right to tell the truth and won't be intimidated by those who want to shut us up. We are actively exploring our right to seek attorneys' fees from those who filed these frivolous complaints." 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.