Georgia was recently ranked 50th in the nation when comparing all states’ ethics laws. The study was performed by The Center for Public Integrity and took a look at such issues as political financing, public access to information, redistricting, and ethics enforcement. The person responsible for preparing Georgia’s portion of this report was Jim Walls, a former AJC reporter now blogger for AtlantaUnfiltered.com.
The reaction of elected officials to the report was sadly predictable, as they chose to focus on the messenger instead of the message. The report led Rep. Mark Hamilton to take to the local Republican Party’s Facebook group to state, “… the study was done by “journalists academics”, I am sure neither of those groups have any bias against honest Republicans – not! “
In Georgia, there is no