Georgia ethics panel following the money on special-interest funds

9:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 AJC Homepage
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is a frontrunner in the race for governor in 2018. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

The rise in big-money, special-interest funds tied to leading Georgia politicians hasn’t escaped the notice of the state’s campaign finance watchdog.

The funds are able to collect unlimited amounts of money  - unhindered by Georgia contribution limits - from lobbyists, business owners, political PACs and companies wanting something from state government.

One such fund, created by supporters and campaign staffers of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a frontrunner in the race for governor, raised $2.3 million in the months leading up to the 2017 General Assembly session.

Now the state ethics commission is making it clear it’s going to be keeping a close eye on such funds, issuing an opinion on what makes a legal, and illegal, fund. To read more about the special-interest funds and the ethics commission’s opinion, check out our story on