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Georgia ethics officials file new complaint against Oxendine over loan

Former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has been battling ethics charges since 2009, when he was considered by some to be the frontrunner to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Now he’s got a new problem: a complaint alleging that he illegally benefited from a loan his long-ago campaign made to his law firm, which state ethics officials say is a no-no.

His lawyer is fighting a subpoena for bank records related to the loan, which wasn’t disclosed until after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution raised questions about why Oxendine was holding onto more than $500,000 in leftover campaign money years after he’d left office.

Under state law, candidates must return leftover money to donors or give it to charity. For the most part, Oxendine did neither.

To read more about Oxendine’s latest fight with the state ethics commission, check out our story on myajc.com.

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