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Jurisdiction of Commission

Posted By gaethics On March 3, 2011 @ 7:40 pm In | No Comments

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission only has authority to investigate alleged violations of the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act (Act), O.C.G.A. 21-5-1 through 21-5-76. These investigations can be initiated by the Commission on its own motion or by a citizen complaint.

The Act encompasses a number of different types of violations, all of which concern the agency’s core mission of promoting transparency, compliance and disclosure. General types of violations under the Act include:

  • Failure to file required disclosure reports (by Candidates, Public officers, lobbyists, campaign committees, independent committees etc)
  • Filing false, inaccurate, incomplete disclosure reports (by Candidates, Public officers, lobbyists, campaign committees, independent committees etc)
  • Misuse of campaign funds (by Candidates, Public officers)
  • Contributions from prohibited sources or in excess of the contribution limits (by contributors, PACs, Candidates, Public officers)
  • Contributions by a state agency (by state agencies, PACs, Candidates, Public officers)
  • Failure to register as a candidate or committee when required by the Act (by candidate, campaign committee, PACs, independent committees)
  • Failure to register as a Lobbyist (by Lobbyists)

The Commission does NOT have jurisdiction to investigate:

  • Ethical/ moral conduct of candidates/lobbyists/public officers
  • Conflict of interest laws (outside of failure to disclose such interests on proper forms)
  • Misuse of State/ local funds
  • Activities of state employees (outside of failure to file disclosure forms when required)
  • Violations of other provisions of the Elections code
  • Violations of criminal law
  • Judicial behavior or decisions

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