State Ethics Commission: No hearing on Oxendine case until after primary


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.


  1. Icarus says:

    The State Ethics Commission wouldn’t dare cross Creative Loafing by tripping up their chosen candidate.

    At least not before he achieves supernova status.

  2. Ambernappe says:

    What a disappointment – I knew Ben Eason in his Tampa Toastmaster days and was certain that his sentiments leaned in a conservative direction.

  3. CobbGOPer says:

    And what if Oxendine makes a runoff? Are they going to hold off until that’s done too? Just hold the hearing already, people need to know if this guy is a crook before voting for him, or for someone else.

    • polisavvy says:

      Amen and well said. I couldn’t agree more. If he were to win the election (Lord have mercy on us all), are they going to hold off until his term(s) is over? The time to find out if someone is a crook is before the election. It won’t help us after the election.

    • Three Jack says:

      “people need to know if this guy is a crook…”

      he accepted $120k in contributions from a insurance pac. he realized after the ajc wrote about it that he accepted illegal contributions. he returned the money.

      if a bank robber returns the money, is it still illegal to have taken the money?

      ox is a crook.

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