Reed Beats Simon At State Ethics Commission

The State Ethics Commission handed Ralph Reed a victory over a complaint filed by Bill Simon.

The state Ethics Commission on Thursday dismissed a complaint against former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, who lost a high-profile bid to become Georgia’s lieutenant governor.

The panel rejected six allegations filed in a 2005 complaint by political blogger William Simon that accused Reed of wrongdoing in his maiden political campaign. The charges related mainly to irregularities in Reed’s campaign finance filings.

The Commission also rejected claims made against Karen Handel and Cathy Cox, but did decide to proceed with claims against Ed Harbison (D-Columbus).


  1. JRM2016 says:

    I had the pleasure of representing Ms. Ethalyn Kirby yesterday on the complaint she had filed against Senator Harbison. After over a year of denials from Senator Harbison of any wrongdoing his attorney said he was “not surprised” that the Commission voted 5-0 to find probable cause on allegation 1, that Senator Harbison on over 30 separate occassions had reimbursed himself without providing sufficient detail on what the reimbursement was for and paid off credit card bills without providing end recipient information. These are not “minor” or “technical” violations as were the myriad other complaints handled and summarily dismissed by the Commission. They represent a pattern and practice of flouting the Ethics in Government Act. Kudos to the Commissioners for doing the right thing and sending this inquiry to the next level.

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Oh yeah, I’m crying in my lemonade. Ethics complaint got dismissed…BUT, Ralphie didn’t win where it counted: at the ballot box.

    I’ll take that result any day.

  3. GOPeach says:

    The Broun campaign was basically Ralph’s people from ’06! What we failed to do this time last year – we made up for !!! We saw how the Senate came together to stand down a fellow republican in a primary soooo I guess it came back to bite’em! I guess lightening does not strike in the same place twice.

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