ATLANTA Officials with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission say that the candidates running to become Albany's mayor are in violation of state ethics rules governing campaign disclosures.
Holly LaBerge, executive director for the Georgia GTCFC, says that candidates B.J. Fletcher, Dorothy Hubbard and John White have violated state ethics laws regarding the filing of campaign paperwork and will likely be fined.
According to the GTCFC's website, the Fletcher campaign has been fined $125 for not filing its June 2011 campaign report on time. Fletcher does have a personal financial disclosure available online.
LaBerge said Monday that Hubbard's violation stems from not having a campaign disclosure report on file for the Sept. 30 filing deadline. Hubbard has filed a personal financial disclosure to the GTCFC before the deadline but it wasn't notarized or properly signed to make it "properly executable," as required by law.
White, on the other hand, has yet to file a PFD or a campaign contribution disclosure with the agency as required by law.
"We have a 2011 PFD for Dorothy Brown Hubbard but it’s not signed and notarized as required. We have contacted her and are waiting for her to mail us a properly executed PFD," LaBerge wrote to the Herald following a request under Georgia's Open Records laws for paperwork for the two candidates. "We do not have any CCDR’s or any PFD’s for John White. Both candidates are in violation of the law in that they haven’t filed the election year September 30th CCDR."
The fine for not filing is $125 for the first 30 days and goes up from there.
White already has $300 outstanding for reports not filed from as early as 2002.