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Utility Regulator Takes Solar Tour In Germany

From the AJC… “If you’re taking an elected official around and you’re talking to them about something that’s going to benefit your company, you’re a lobbyist,” said Rick Thompson, founder of R. Thompson & Associates, Read More...

Ethics Legislation: Pay Attention & Take Names

Talk about your unfunded mandate …

State officials frequently (and often rightly) complain about responsibilities passed down from the federal government without money to pay for carrying them out. But Washington isn’t the only culprit, as the state of Georgia is making crystal clear.

Tennessee Common Cause President Supports Ending Campaign Contribution Limits

 … and require fuller disclosure of money sources NASHVILLE — Perhaps on a bipartisan basis, state legislators are moving toward repealing Tennessee’s limits on political campaign contributions while requiring more rapid and complete disclosure. (Read the Read More...

From the AJC…

Ethics commission: State has defanged its watchdog.  The state ethics commission is an agency in free fall. That is not news to local officials who complain of its slow, inefficient bureaucracy, or state officials who Read More...

Speaking Municipal Ethics

Each city creates its own ethics rules and standards of evidence, with some more strict than others, said Rick Thompson of R. Thompson & Associates, which offers advice on ethics compliance. High standards — such as Read More...

Campaign Finance from the AJC

Rick Thompson, a former executive director of the state ethics commission, said the law is “pretty cut and dried.” By Aaron Gould Sheinin The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A Henry County lawmaker says he has reimbursed his campaign more than Read More...

Georgia Ethics (from Georgia Pundit: 07/13/2012)

Managing Partner Rick Thompson speaks out…

“Georgia has some of the weakest PAC and independent committee laws in the country,” said Rick Thompson, managing partner of R. Thompson & Associates who spent five years as the Ethic Commission’s executive director.

“If we want to get serious about reform and transparency, we need to abandon the ridiculous $100 limits and ideas being pushed around this election cycle by special interest groups and focus on the reporting requirements of PACs and independent committees.”

Thompson, whose firm specializes in ethics and compliance consultation, said, “to truly be an expenditure of an independent committee, the candidate cannot have any coordination or control of the expenditure. Otherwise it is an in kind contribution.”

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Advisory opinions could affect Deal cases | ajc.com

R. Thompson & Associates Founder and Managing Partner, quoted in ethics headlines… “Deal consultant Rick Thompson, a former director of the state ethics commission, has long argued the legal fees Deal’s campaign paid Evans were Read More...
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