Former Democratic State Rep. Pam Stanley wants to get back in the action. She’s running for State House District 53. However, she just agreed to pay $70,000:
Stanley last week signed a proposed Ethics Commission consent decree agreeing to pay back nearly $40,000 in campaign donations from 1999 to 2002 that she couldn’t account for spending on her campaign. In the agreement, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution using the Open Records Act, Stanley also agreed to a $26,250 civil fine.
The proposed agreement will go before the State Ethics Commission for final approval in the next few months.
Combined, officials say it would be the largest penalty levied by the commission against a legislative candidate.
It is illegal for candidates to spend campaign money on anything other than running for office or maintaining their elected position.
Over the course of three years, state investigators said Stanley converted about $40,000 worth of campaign donations to cash without disclosing how the money was spent.
Stanley agreed in 2004 to file her numerous delinquent disclosure reports as you can see in this document. She never did and now we know why.