The 2013 code reads, “No contract or lease with the city may require passes, tickets or gratuities to be given to officials or employees or permit reduced fees to be paid by officials or employees. The contracting party shall not provide gratuities or prerequisites to any official or employee in connection with execution of or performance under the contract or lease.”
William Perry, president of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs, urged the ethics board to turn down Invest Atlanta’s request, arguing that if it’s public money, then the public should be given access to the “free” premium seats.
Being wined and dined at the new stadium is “not why a new company should come here,” he said.
The board did not say when it will next take up Invest Atlanta’s request.
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