Election season makes for interesting emails, and we’ve obtained one that explores at great, lawyerly length the question of whether or not Atlanta City Council member Felicia Moore would be violating her fiduciary duties if the Georgia World Congress Center Authority tried to enter into a contract with the City of Atlanta to purchase land needed for the new Falcons stadium. From the email: “…the fact that there is no conflict of interest on the side of the State entities does not mean that this contract may not be challenged or held void as a conflict of interest if Ms. Moore is deemed to have violated her fiduciary duties as a city official.” (Link goes to pdf) It seems Council Member Moore is also a real estate agent representing the owner of a parcel needed to build the new stadium, and those dual roles would create a conflict of interest if she voted on Stadium-related stuff.
Before you dismiss this as last-minute campaign hijinks, what makes this an interesting email is that apparently originated from the State Properties Commission -which is in charge of the Georgia World Congress Center and all related stuff.
I’m not a lawyer, and would love for some of our attorney readers to offer their opinion. Link to the full email below the fold.