What is the point of an Ethics Commission that makes rulings and fines people, if they can’t collect?
Stanley agreed in 2008 to $65,100 in fines and restitution, but she hasn’t paid a nickel. She says she knew all along that she couldn’t make the payments.
“I didn’t have any income,” Stanley said in an interview. “I told them at the time, ‘I don’t have any job. Until I do work, I can’t really do something … but this is what I’ll try to do.’ ”
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Al Dempsey last week ordered Stanley to pay up, but the Ethics Commission can’t collect until she starts earning money again.
Collecting fines takes on a bigger priority next year when Georgia’s new campaign and lobbyist disclosure law, which relies on stiffer fines as an enforcement tool, takes effect.
Please politicians, if you are going to take kickbacks, profiteer from your position, and make money on the backs of hard working Georgians – please just save enough to pay your fines. Thanks.