Senator Hudgens Has New Ethics Complaint Filed Against Him

This was received from the person who filed the complaint this evening:

Complaint against Georgia State Senator Ralph Hudgens (SD-47)
and Friends Of Ralph Hudgens

1. Name and Address of Person Filing Complaint

Eliot Rosenberg
2479 Peachtree Rd, Unit 507
Atlanta, GA 30305

2. Name and Address of Party Against Whom the Complaint is Filed

Ralph T. Hudgens
1955 Center St.
Comer, GA 30629

Friends of Ralph Hudgens (Commissioner of Insurance)
245 Floyd Drive
Athens, GA 30607


3. Clear and concise statement of facts upon which the complaint is based along with an allegation that such facts constitute one or more violations of law.
• On July 6, 2010 Ralph Hudgens filed a campaign contribution report that reported $254,175.41 net balance on hand.

• The July 6, 2010 report did not include any expenditures for the purchase of campaign commercial air time.

• On or about July 1, 2010 the Hudgens for Insurance Commissioner Campaign purchased at least $344,645 in air time for commercials from five metro Atlanta television stations. ($40,675 WGCL, $55,000 WXIA, $98,270 WAGA, $134,700 WSB, and $16,000 WATL)

• The air time must be paid in full prior to the airing of campaign ads.

• The Hudgens campaign paid for at least $90,470 above their reported net balance on hand for the commercials (254,175.41 – 344, 645.00 = (-90,470)).

• The Hudgens campaign has not filed any Two Day Reports as of July 13, 2010 to account for at least $90,000 in contributions it must have received since the June 30th deadline as is detailed in O.C.G.A. § 21-5-34.

• It is inconceivable that Hudgens would have been able to raise at least $90,000 in one day (which would be approximately 23% of what he has raised total), as the air time was mostly purchased on July 1, 2010 (see exhibits 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).

• It is even further inconceivable that Hudgens would be able to raise $90,000 in increments in totals less than $1000, which is the threshold to file a two day report.

• Hudgens has either violated O.C.G.A. § 21-5-34 by not reporting contributions, including loans, in excess of $1000 since June 30, 2010, or has not refunded the monies that were illegally transferred to his Insurance Commissioner account on December 31, 2009 and required to be refunded to his State Senate SD-47 account.

• Hudgens’ March 31, 2010 amended disclosures for both the Commissioner of Insurance and his State Senate account fail to disclose that the illegal transfer of $106K was returned to the appropriate accounts and/or contributors.

Sen. Ralph Hudgens has a pliable relationship with the campaign finance laws of the State of Georgia. This is at least the second time that Sen. Hudgens has flagrantly violated the Ethics in Government Act. The Ethics Commission kindly allowed Sen. Hudgens to refund the $106K in illegal contributions to his Senate Campaign with no fines or sanctions, but with the promise of no longer violating any campaign finance laws. Hudgens has failed to comply with both the laws of the State of Georgia and the Ethics Commission’s consent order that he signed.

26 comments

  1. Provocateur says:

    Welllll…if we’re going to get into filing ethics complaints for failing to disclose expenditures at the time incurred, Karen Handel’s disclosures did not show the following:

    Robo-calls made before June 30
    The full cost of the 8-page mailer

      • Provocateur says:

        Amber, it is when a voice-message is sent out by a robotic phone calling message delivery system that dials thousands of numbers at one and sends you a recorded message from a candidate.

        • Ambernappe says:

          In my experience, however, in the Handel office, there have always been sufficient volunteers to place telephone calls reminding previous voters of Handel events that will occur in their neighborhoods. Never a robot call that I know of!

          • Provocateur says:

            If a robot dialed a phone number in the forest, do you think you would know about it?

    • polisavvy says:

      Some vendors take forever to get invoices out. Some vendors will hold invoices at the request of the candidates so that the candidate has more “cash on hand” to report.

        • polisavvy says:

          It’s not fraud. A good many candidates do it. There is nothing illegal about it, either. It’s an agreement reached between the candidate and the vendor.

          • Provocateur says:

            Not according to the Rules of the State Ethics Commission:

            189-3-.03 Deferred Expenditures. Anything of value which is received by, provided to, furnished to, or conveyed to or on behalf of a candidate or a campaign committee is required to be reported on the campaign contribution disclosure report for the time period in which the thing of value is provided. If the goods or services have not been paid for at the time the report is filed, an explanatory note so stating shall be prominently set forth on the report. All extensions or advancements of credit are subject to contribution limits except as otherwise provided in O.C.G.A. § 21-5-41 and 21-5-42.

            http://ethics.georgia.gov/references/Rules/SEC_Rules-189-1-chapter%203.pdf

            Handel has violated the law on failing to disclose the costs (estimated or otherwise) of her mailings, her robo-calls, and any other expenditure of anything of value made before June 30th.

            • Provocateur says:

              I’m certain she’ll file another amendment to account for this, and then declare “It was an accounting error. Everyone else’s error, of course, demonstrates they are corrupt, but I’m clean…”

              For the record, as of now, she has one amended disclosure, filed on 7/13/2010. Anyone want to bet she’ll have another one soon? 🙂

            • Ambernappe says:

              Mailings!!!!!!!! Would you like to discuss it with the
              interns (unpaid) who suffer the paper cuts and sore hands of stamping and folding the mailings. Who is creating these false situations?

              • B Balz says:

                “… interns (unpaid) who suffer the paper cuts and sore hands of stamping and folding the mailings. …”

                Sounds like a class action suit in the making…I know a great employee rights attorney!

  2. MouthoftheSouth says:

    She downsized her disclosure. She does not consider services that have been outsourced necessary for disclosure. Got a problem with that? Bring it (an ethics complaint) on!

    Ambernappe, are you being serious? There is a good definition on Dr. Phil’s blog.

  3. Todd M says:

    Maria Sheffield, Gerry Purcell and Seth Harp all have ethics complaints filed against them as well.

  4. MouthoftheSouth says:

    I know it’s sad for you Ox-lovers that you cannot have your guy be governor and insurance commissioner at the same time. How lucky for you, you’ve got Ox part 2!

Comments are closed.