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14 January 2010

Teilhet Declined To Support Key Ethics Reform Provisions In 2004

Around the Georgia political world these days, ethics is a key buzz word. Many candidates claim to be the "most ethical" while labeling their opponents as crooks. And state lawmakers vow that ethics legislation will be the signature bill passed out of General Assembly this year.

One lawmaker, state Representative Rob Teilhet (D - Smyrna), proposes giving the State Ethics Commission jurisdiction over complaints of conflict of interest against members of the General Assembly [Gould Sheinin, Aaron (2009-12-7). Burkhalter won't run for House speaker. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-1-14.]. Ironically though, Teilhet's idea is something he declined to support in a 2004 Project Vote Smart questionnaire.

When asked to indicate which principles he supported regarding ethics reform, Teilhet did not check the boxes next to A.) Prohibit the governor from appointing campaign contributors to state boards and commissions; B.) Empower the state Ethics Commission to investigate alleged conflicts of interest, while raising the maximum penalty to $10,000 per violation from the current $1,000; or C.) Require lobbyists to disclose their fees and sources of income [Georgia State Legislative Election 2004 National Political Awareness Test. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on 2010-1-14.].

Project Vote Smart is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in six basic areas: background information, issue positions (via the Political Courage Test), voting records, campaign finances, interest group ratings, and speeches and public statements.

Rob Teilhet is one of two candidates vying for the Georgia Democratic Party's nomination for Attorney General this July.