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07 June 2012

5 Democrats & 13 GOP State Senate Candidates Sign Ethics Lobbying Pledge

A report by Jim Walls of Atlanta Unfiltered and the Center for Public Integrity confirmed what many already knew.

Georgia is ripe for corruption, and Georgia is in desperate need of ethics reform.

Recognizing this fact, Common Cause Georgia and the Georgia TEA Party Patriots teamed up this election season to light a fire under the candidates seeking election to the state legislature.

The two groups unveiled an ethics pledge for candidates of both political parties to sign.

The pledge reads:

I pledge, if elected, to co-sponsor a bill during the 2013 legislative session to limit each lobbyist gift to $100. The proposed legislation will add the following language to a new section of the Ethics in Government Act, Chapter 5 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated:

"It shall be unlawful for a lobbyist to make a gift to a public officer where the value of the gift is more than $100.00."

To date, five Democrats and thirteen Republican state Senate candidates have signed the pledge. This is good, but not great.

More state Senate candidates need to sign the pledge to sponsor a bill that places a $100 cap on lobbyists' gifts to legislators.

Below is a spreadsheet showing which candidates have signed the Common Cause/TEA Party Patriots pledge. If your state Senate candidate has not already signed the ethics pledge, write your Senate candidate and encourage them to sign it. There is no down-side to signing this pledge.

Common Cause/TEA Party Patriots Ethics Pledge Signers (State Senate)