Georgia Shows Progress | 11.09.2015 Press Release
Roswell, Georgia. November 9, 2015
Center for Public Integrity THRUSTS Georgia 26 Positions Forward in its Newest Ethics Ratings!!
In 2012 The Center for Public Integrity touted Georgia as the “Worst Score in the Country” at number 50. We know government moves at glacial speeds. Combine this with severe dysfunction in Georgia’s Ethics Commission between 2012 and 2015; it is commendable that any movement occurred.
Nevertheless, The Center for Public Integrity has found cause to propel Georgia from number 50 to number 24! Is Georgia perfect? Not by any means, at least not yet. However, we should not overlook the success, as it is a remarkable start.
The Georgia Legislature listened. The Campaign Finance Commission cleaned house. A credible Executive Secretary, Stefan Ritter, has been canonized and we are off to the races! Ritter is bold and is clear in his statements on how he intends to instill law, order and public confidence. Additionally, he is developing a modern, technology driven auditing system, which will track, flag and identify likely abuse.
Many critics will grandstand and categorize this rating as dismal; perhaps because that is what drives subscriptions.
Anytime a state government agency propels forward 26 positions, you must recognize it is on the right track. History will the judge, but I believe under Stefan Ritter’s guidance, the current Members of this State’s Legislature and our strong Governor, the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission will maneuver itself as a nationwide leader for all to benchmark against.
Rick Thompson is the Co-Founder and CEO of PoliticaLabs, a Georgia based fintech developing SaaS platforms focused in the campaign finance niche. He is the Founder of RTA Strategy, a political management group whose expertise is campaign finance consulting and reporting, responsible for more candidate, committee and lobbyist reports than any firm in the Southeast United States. A 15-year regulator, Thompson spent 10-years with the Missouri Ethics Commission before leading Georgia’s Ethics Commission across a 5-year span. He is a sought after speaker, Committee member in COGEL, Council On Governmental Ethics Laws, adjunct professor of ethics and highly regarded consultant to State and Federal candidates and PACs.
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