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11 February 2014

Georgia Teamsters Union Lobbyist Fined Over $1,200 for Failing to File Disclosure Reports

(Notice from the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (better known as the state Ethics Commission) informing Randal Eric Robertson of his fines for not complying with state law. )
Randal Eric Robertson, the Business Agent and Political Director for Teamsters union local 728, is in hot water with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (better known as the state Ethics Commission).

Robertson, a Teamsters lobbyist, faces fines of $1,275 for failing to file required lobbyist disclosure reports on time.

According to the state Ethics Commission, lobbyists must show how much money they've spent on lawmakers every two weeks while the Georgia General Assembly is in session. When the state legislature is not in session, lobbyists must disclose their spending once a month.

R. Eric Robertson has yet to file a lobbyist spending report for the two-week period beginning 15 January and ending 31 January. The report was due 2 February 2015.

The state Ethics Commission has a three-tiered fine system for late lobbyist reports.

Any lobbyist that files a late report is fined $275. If the lobbyist does not file their report within seven days of the due date, an additional $1,000 is added to the fine. If the lobbyist fails to file their disclosure report within twenty-one days of it being due, an additional $10,000 is added to the pot. All told, a lobbyist like Teamsters union leader Eric Robertson could face a maximum penalty of $11,275 for not complying with state law.

Robertson is currently in the second-tier of the Ethics Commission's three-tiered fine system. He owes $275 not filing, plus an additional $1,000 for not filing within seven days of the due date.

Robertson could also lose his lobbyist registration if his fines are left unpaid.