LaBerge Claims Whistleblower Status

July 14, 2014 19:07 pm

by Charlie · 17 comments

Peach Pundit has received via open records request a letter sent from Holly LaBerge’s attorneys on July 11th, requesting Ms. LaBerge be protected under whistleblower statutes.  In the letter, her attorneys address one of the questions addressed in the original post on this topic, saying it was the Attorney General who advised she not turn over the memo in question.

“Our firm has been retained by Holly LaBerge. As the Executive Secretary of the
Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (the
“Commission”), she has become increasingly frustrated over the misrepresentations and
false allegations leveled against her by the various Commission employees which have
garnered widespread media interest. The purpose of this letter is to put you on notice that
Ms. LaBerge has taken steps to make the media aware of the true facts related to the
investigation and resolution of Commission complaints stemming from the 2010
campaign of Governor Nathan Deal (the “Deal Complaints”). She has previously made
these same disclosures to various Commission members and to the Attorney General’s
office. These reports are protected by the Georgia Whistleblower Act, O.C.G.A. § 45-4-1,
and all other applicable laws. We write to ensure that she will not be retaliated against for
making this information available to the public.”

You can read the full letter here. 

The person who represented the state agency defending against lawsuits that cost taxpayers $3 Million is now claiming that she, also, is a victim.  Her attorney states as much in the letter, saying she was prohibited from giving testimony that “likely contributed to the State’s payment” to Kalberman.

You may remember the comments from Governor Deal about whistleblowers that appeared strange shortly after the settlements in these cases were announced.  His response indicated that someone charged with enforcing Georgia’s ethics laws shouldn’t then be able to claim they were a victim.  They appeared aimed at those whom the state had just settled with.  Apparently, there was some foreshadowing of LaBerge’s next move.

Many have been openly asking the question of who at the commission is accountable since the settlements were announced.  By seeking whistleblower protection, LaBerge has made it more difficult for the Commission members to make it her.  Or, she maybe made it more likely that she too, will receive a “lovely parting gift”.

Now, it appears that the person who oversaw the agency, testified against them in a trial, has positioned herself to travel the same path.  It’s going to be interesting seeing if she can effectively convince the court of public opinion that one can simultaneously be on both sides of this.

This remains a damn mess, and it will be a long time before it’s all sorted out.  November, however, isn’t as far away as it used to be.

South Fulton Guy July 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm

And LaBerge should have whistleblower status…..

Will Durant July 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Before they change this commission is there anyway I can get in on this action? You can even get paid for drinking on the job. What a Deal!

Spacey G July 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Just read the memo, the one Olens seemed to have had an awfully hard time making available and stuff like that. Ryan Teague’s a shoo-in now for Georgia Jerk of the Year!

debbie0040 July 14, 2014 at 8:05 pm

If she can prove what she claims, she should be given whistle blower status. It wasn’t just Holly LeBerge that made this mess and it is ridiculous to assert that. She is at fault , but I don’t believe for a moment she acted on her own.

I want to know the truth about what happened, no matter who is implicated..The Republican party should stand for integrity and there should be calls to get to the bottom of this and hold those guilty of wrong doing accountable no matter who they are. July has been a bad month for the GOP in Georgia. First you have Speaker Ralston facing disbarment (More to come out on that), then you have the lawsuit and now this. Republicans should, especially now, search for the truth – not deflect blame.

It could be LeBerge acted on her own to advance her career, but it could also be some in the Governor’s office were complicit. I don’t believe Gov. Deal knew anything about it, because Governors are usually kept isolated by staff members and they depend on them, but I could be wrong. I just want the truth.

I especially want to know if she really was instructed to with hold evidence by the Attorney General . Would like to hear what Sam has to say. Another issue would be when he received the memo and if he took action to investigate to see if there was any merit to it.

I am most anxious to see what Randy Evans has to say now….

David C July 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

If Riley, who once memorably said he follows Deal everywhere he goes, even to the bathroom, knew, then Deal knew. They’re joined at the hip, politically and financially. It’s that simple.

Spacey G July 14, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Oh forget all this petty back and forth ethics schmethics, he said/she said stuff. We all know nobody’s got any ethics in Georgia politics. But the fun media part is that Charlie just stole Dale Russell’s intended 10pm scoop out from under him. LMAO!

Three Jack July 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm

“I don’t believe Gov. Deal knew anything about it,..” Debbie, please stop. On what grounds do you believe this governor knew nothing about the machinations used to help him escape possible prosecution for multiple ethics violations? How many times can one ethically challenged politician escape scrutiny claiming ignorance yet still be considered attentive enough to lead this state?

He is in on it or he has no control of his team. Not much good is going to result from either scenario.

debbie0040 July 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Because I believe Deal is that controlled by those that surround him. They exert tremendous control and influence.

If the allegations are proven true and there are indictments, then he should step aside.

I also said I could be wrong.

Harry July 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

“He is in on it or he has no control of his team.” Sounds like Obama.

Will Durant July 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

You are consistent if nothing else Harry. With almost every mention of the Governor’s ethics issues, or lack thereof, you can be relied on for an attempted deflection to “Obama”.

Three Jack July 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

You’re correct Harry, it does compare unfavorably with Obama’s actions. What does that tell you about the governor?

Bridget Cantrell July 14, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I’d like the see the #HiceHiceCrazy guys do something fun with #BlowTheWhistle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBJtzEKetBM

WeymanCWannamakerJr July 15, 2014 at 3:42 am

Puleeze no. That video was excruciating. And this comes from a guy who would vote for the bones of Torquemada over Hice.

debbie0040 July 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Obama has nothing to do with it

Chris Huttman July 14, 2014 at 11:26 pm

I am shocked that a guy who resigned from Congress to avoid an ethics investigation has “broken” the ethics commission. It’s as if Georgia is the Titanic and her voters elected the iceberg governor. I wonder if Billy Zane will play Brian Robinson or Chris Riley?

WeymanCWannamakerJr July 15, 2014 at 3:58 am

Then Kate Winslet has to play LaBerge to toot on that whistle near the end for her final rescue. It appears that unlike Titanic everyone in this story gets a whistle and not just the ship’s company.

Mrs. Adam Kornstein July 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

She’s singing now because she just realized that the bus she watched run over the rest of the staff is backing up and gunning for her.

Does anyone else think that Fawn Hall could be her mother?

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