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Panel dismisses complaint against Cagle

Ethics complaint filed before election

POSTED: March 2, 2011 12:06 a.m.

The Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has dismissed an ethics complaint against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

At its Tuesday meeting, the commission booted the complaint lodged against Cagle just days before he was re-elected in November.

The complaint alleged he had an affair with a staff member and gave her money to keep quiet.

Ray Boyd, former Republican gubernatorial candidate and an open supporter of Carol Porter, Cagle's Democratic opponent in the race for lieutenant governor, filed the complaint.

Porter said the complaint had no connection to her bid for office.

"I absolutely had no knowledge of any kind Boyd was going to file that complaint," she said.

Ben Fry, a spokesman for Cagle, said the lieutenant governor was confident the matter would be dismissed.

"We've always said the complaint is completely false and absolutely absurd. We've said all we're going to say about a completely false, politically motivated complaint," Fry said.

Boyd alleged Cagle used campaign funds to pay the woman "in excess of the market rate for campaigning activities" because he was having an affair with her.

Boyd said the $25,000 bonus after the campaign is "far above the prevailing market rate for the campaign activities she performed."

Boyd's complaint offered no proof of the affair, which allegedly occurred around the time Cagle, then a state senator, was elected lieutenant governor in 2006.

 



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