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“I think jumping 26 spots in a few years should be touted as a great accomplishment,” says Rick Thompson

In a report by Sandra Parrish of WSB Radio, “Thompson says the fact that so many states did poorly indicates the CPI should perhaps grade on a curve. “You’re having individuals who are really good at being a reporter… but they’re not experts in the field,” he says.” Read the report here

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… [more]

“There are probably a lot of people out there that have no fear of getting caught because in recent years, nothing has happened,” said Rick Thompson.

In an article by James Salzer published in the AJC, “Thompson said ethics laws are more strict in some other states. For instance, he said, in some states like Missouri, there is an incentive to pay late fees — lawmakers and candidates aren’t eligible to run if they haven’t paid up. Thompson said the commission… [more]

“The arrangement skirts the line between what is and isn’t supposed to be disclosed on state campaign reports,” said Rick Thompson.

In an article by Steve Crawford in the Augusta Chronicle, “Rick Thompson, the former head of the Georgia Ethics Commission, said the arrangement skirts the line between what is and isn’t supposed to be disclosed on state campaign reports. He said it depends on whether the candidate got any value from the service provided.” ‘“If… [more]

“This unbridled enthusiasm is appreciated, but…” said Rick Thompson.

In an article by Greg Bluestein in the AJC, “Rick Thompson, the former head of the Georgia Ethics Commission, said Perry will have to be cautious about what he does next. The state’s new ethics law allows targets of complaints deemed frivolous to pursue legal fees from the filer.” ‘“This unbridled enthusiasm is appreciated, but… [more]

“The law states you can’t spend that money if you are not in that election”, explained Rick Thompson.

In an article in the AJC by James Salzer, Rick Thompson, RTA Strategy CEO had to say, ‘ “Any candidate that designated contributions for a future election and they are not involved in that election absolutely must return every single penny of those contributions,” ‘ . Read the article here

GA Ethics Commission Sharpening Their Teeth

On Thursday, July 30, in an article entitled Ethics Board to Investigate Former Fulton Official the AJC reported that the Georgia Ethics Commission (now known as the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission) is proactively … let’s say that slowly together P-R-O-A-C-T-I-V-E-L-Y … investigating a potential campaign finance violation. The entire of State of… [more]

“There is a line you have to be careful you don’t cross,” said Rick Thompson.

In an AJC article by James Salzer and Shannon McCaffrey, RTA Strategy CEO Rick Thompson commented on the matter of vendor contributions , “ ‘There is absolutely nothing in the law against calling vendors to contribute to your campaign. There is nothing unusual about it. That’s your first call. It’s the nature of the beast.’” Read the… [more]

“Gift rules for state employees mostly ignored, observers say” Rick Thompson weighs in.

Are Georgia corporations under reporting on their vendor gifts and not registering corporate vendor lobbyists properly? Here is what RTA Strategy CEO Rick Thompson had to say in an interview with Morris News reporter Walter Jones. “ ‘Here’s the problem: there is no way for any regulatory agency under the current law to know if… [more]