The State Ethics Commission will wait until after the July 20 primaries to hold a hearing on a complaint that two insurance companies funneled $120,000 to Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine’s campaign for governor, commission officials said in court Thursday.
The insurance companies are suing the commission, alleging that the investigation is politically motivated. They want it stopped. The judge said she would make her ruling by July 16.
Stacey Kalberman, the commission’s executive secretary, told Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Adams that no hearing would be held before the primary.
Last year The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that State Mutual Insurance Co. and a subsidiary, Admiral Life Insurance Co., both of Rome, sent almost 10 times the legal amount of campaign contributions to Oxendine using 10 political action committees in Alabama. The PACs were started by Donald V. Watkins, a banker who sits on the State Mutual board. The PACs operate out of his bank, Alamerica, in Birmingham. The insurance companies are headed by Delos Yancey, a friend of Oxendine.