ETHICS ALERT – Bill Stephens Fails to File Campaign Disclosures…

Bill Stephens still has not filed his latest campaign disclosure form with the State Ethics Commission. The disclosure was due midnight, last Friday. 

We have here a guy who wants to be the Chief Elections Officer of Georgia who just two years ago was fined the largest ethics fine in the history of Georgia (and later fined for not paying his fine on time).  Now he can’t even file his campaign disclosure report on time?  [UPDATE] Every candidate, Republican and Democrat, have their disclosure up on the site with the exception of Bill Stephens, which means, Bill Stephens campaign has not filed their report. 

This is serious stuff. 

Anyone can see this for themselves at


  1. stephaniemills21 says:

    Bull Moose,

    Not defending Stephens in any way, but you might be screaming about nothing. The new ethics website is horrible and there have been problems since day 1 with seeing reports that had been filed. Now, i would not put it past Stephens, as he is about as ethical as Schrenko, but the shrillness of you attacks is getting old. If it is not up there by monday, then you can scream from the rooftops, but it is the weekend and the commission is already underfunded by Perdue and the Gen. Assem.

  2. Bull Moose says:

    Stephanie, we will see. I just feel that it’s important that we have someone ethical, honest, sincere, and qualified to sit as the Chief Elections Officer of Georgia. And in my book, Bill Stephens doesn’t fit any of those qualifications.

    Yes, I do feel strongly about this. We’ve gotten too cynical as a society that we let things like ethics not matter anymore.

  3. Dawgsrock says:

    Stephens has a track record of ethical challenges, It doesn’t surprise me at all that he hasn’t filed. How creative will he get with the Johnson mail piece.

    There have been challenges, but the other statewide candidates have done theirs.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    I did some homework and it appears that every single statewide candidate, both Republican and Democrat, have filed their reports and they are up and available on the ethics site.

    Bill Stephens report is not on there because he has not filed it.

    You’d think that someone who was running to be the Chief Elections Officer of Georgia would be able to abide by the campaign disclosure laws.

  5. GeorgiaBoy says:

    Okay – so apparently Stephens posted his disclosures at 10:52pm this evening (8/6). The interesting thing on the contributions listed is that they are categorized as being for the 2006 Primary – not 2006 Primary Runoff. I double checked on the entry method and their is an option to select “Primary Runoff” as an election cycle that a contribution was received for on the Ethics Commission website. Are you sure you want this guy as SoS??!!

  6. GeorgiaBoy says:

    Can someone offer clarification on this. I read the Ethics Act but can’t seem to find a clear answer. Contribution limit is $3k in statewide runoff. If husband and wife each give $3k does that get into common source violations since the total from that common source is now $6k?

  7. Bill Simon says:

    GeorgiaBoy Sez: “I read the Ethics Act but can’t seem to find a clear answer.”

    Welcome to Georgia Law, where the OCGA is written to be as clear as the Chattahoochee after a hard rain.

  8. JRM2016 says:

    Just another violation, any way you slice it. Is that what we want for our Secretary of State nominee?

  9. techtrack says:

    this disclosure is incredible. first, he is 48 hours late filing the disclosure, then, there are at least 4 people who have given over the $5,000 primary limit, yet more ethics violations.

    how can we trust him to run the elections process.

  10. politicalState says:

    Okay, I’ve gone through the filing and I don’t see any violations. Stephens filed his report within the grace period, he correctly chose the ‘Primary Run-off” category. What exactly is the problem here? I think Stephanie was right in that this is a problem with the ethics site, not Stephens.

    Way to go, Bull Moose, for totally flying off the ‘Handel for a non existent problem.

  11. techtrack says:

    the grace period ended friday. the actual discloevery entry on his disclosure is for the primary, not the run-off. every other sos candiate had it right. so there are either 4 violations or over 100. take your pick

  12. techtrack says:

    every entry says 2006 primary, not 2006 primary run-off – so either 100+ mistakes, or at least 4 contributors that are over the 2006 primary limit.

    you would think given the ethical challenges and largest fine in the history of the state, that he would have learned, and would now have a process in place to file a correct disclosure.

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