"I am no longer going to be restrained by dread about not succeeding with public policy," he said. "As important as that success is, I'll leave that to the good cops. I'm unleashed now, and ready to kick down some doors and take some names."
He’ll also start a separate venture called the Georgia Ethics Watchdogs Education Fund, a nonprofit that will train interested activists in the art of being an effective watchdog. Perry said it will help them find a voice “to punish officials who are violating the law and hold them accountable.”
Perry may have to walk a fine line. Rick Thompson, the former head of the Georgia Ethics Commission, said Perry will have to be cautious about what he does next. The state's new ethics law allows targets of complaints deemed frivolous to pursue legal fees from the filer.
"This unbridled enthusiasm is appreciated, but he's going to have to be very careful how he proceeds," said Thompson. "Because he can actually do more damage to the process than good."
Perry said he’ll set a high bar for which complaints he chooses to file. And he vowed he wouldn't do any special favors for donors of his group, though he said he would likely shield their names.
“I’d cut myself off if I said everybody will be disclosed, because their livelihood may depend on a contract with the city of Atlanta or a grant," said Perry. "We can’t completely disclose everything because the backlash of supporting a group like ours is too great."