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09 July 2014

Fulton County Commissioner Had Government Employee on Campaign Payroll

Democrat Bill Edwards recently lost a close primary election campaign to keep his seat on the Fulton County Commission.

Despite his defeat, Edwards is still required to file campaign finance reports until all his campaign cash is spent.

According to Edwards' 30 June 2014 campaign contribution disclosures, he raised $38,195, spent $90,269.50, and had $63,361.58 cash on hand. All this happened during the reporting period beginning 1 April 2014 and ending 30 June 2014.

Georgia Unfiltered reviewed Bill Edwards' campaign finance report, and found that Edwards had a Fulton County government employee on the payroll of his re-election campaign.

Deloris Baskin, who is a Fulton County employee serving as Edwards' chief of staff, received checks totaling $5,100 from the campaign.

Baskin's dual role as both an employee of Edwards' official Fulton County staff and his campaign staff raises questions of ethics. It also raises several legal questions.

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