Yesterday, I asked y’all if it is illegal to use government funds to influence an election, and I want to thank those individuals who responded in the comments section or took the time to e-mail me personally.
About 30 minutes ago, I got off the phone with the State Ethics Commission (who took less than “3 weeks and 10 calls” to return my call) and they informed me that in order for them to look into whether Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards improperly used taxpayers’ dollars to influence the upcoming City of South Fulton referendum, I would have to file an ethics complaint against Commissioner Edwards. Without a complaint, their hands are tied (those are my words, not theirs).
And that’s where all of you come in.
I want to know what you guys think.
Should I file an ethics complaint against my county commissioner so that answers can be provided to my questions regarding the apparent use of public funds to influence the outcome of a pending referendum?
And FYI, in South Fulton, several “Vote No” signs have popped up including two in front of Edwards’ place of business & none of those signs meet the requirement that “All advertising pertaining to referendums shall identify the principal officer of such campaign committee by listing or stating the name and title of the principal officer.” [Source: State Ethics Commission Information Resource Manual, page 25]