Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers is coming under similar scrutiny as his peer, Rules Chairman Don Balfour, who just agreed to pay a $5,000 ethics fine and faces a GBI investigation into questionable expense reimbursements. Rogers received reimbursements for the same dollar amounts at roughly the same time from both taxpayers and from his campaign accounts, according to Atlanta Unfiltered editor Jim Walls.
Rogers submitted invoices to the Legislative Fiscal Office in April and May for $6,688 in printing and mailing costs. His campaign committee reported paying identical amounts to the same vendors on approximately the same dates that are printed on those invoices.
The Legislature also reimbursed Rogers in 2003 and 2005 for three payments totaling $1,471 for costs that appear to have been paid by his campaign committee, records show.
Rogers remains Majority Leader and a member of the Committee On Assignments which has allowed Balfour to remain as Rules Chair despite knowing that Balfour had not formed an audit subcommittee as required by Georgia law. The subcommittee is charged with reviewing the expense reimbursement requests from legislators though it was only formed after Balfour agreed to his fine.
Rogers has been contacted via email for a comment as well as to inquire as to the status of the additional information promised to Walls as clarification. We’ll add his response when/if it arrives.