Four former employees have settled claims against the agency that they were unfairly forced from their jobs. Those settlements cost taxpayers nearly $3 million.
The agency and LaBerge, however, still face charges that they, along with the Attorney General’s Office, improperly withheld evidence in the lawsuit brought by former commission director Stacey Kalberman. Kalberman, whose lawsuit was one of the four already settled, has asked a Fulton County judge to levy additional fines.
LaBerge’s private attorney, Lee Parks, has blamed Attorney General Sam Olens’ office for failing to turn over documents that showed top aides to Gov. Nathan Deal texted and called LaBerge in 2012, a week before the commission was to consider complaints against the governor’s 2010 campaign. Deal was later cleared of major charges.
Olens’ staff, meanwhile, has said LaBerge is at fault.