Ethics board dismisses charge against Brown

Tue, 04/10/2007 - 3:59pm
By: Letters to the ...

On April 5, 2007, the Georgia State Ethics Commission heard the allegations filed by Direct PAC against [me].

The allegations were as follows:

Allegation 1: Complainant alleges the Respondent [Brown] violated O.C.G.A. 21-5-34 [sic] (B)(2)(A), O.C.G.A. 21-5-34 (a)(2)(A) by not reporting the contribution of airtime from Comcast regarding an anti-SPLOST presentation. Allegation 2: Complainant alleges the Respondent violated O.C.G.A. 21-5-30.2 by opposing “Resolution No. 2004-09,” a SPLOST Referendum for transportation improvements as Mayor of Peachtree City.

The ethics complaint was filed by Direct PAC in the midst of a heated mayoral election. Direct PAC openly endorsed candidate Harold Logsdon, and [I] claimed the ethics complaint was nothing more than a nefarious scheme to suppress speech on the SPLOST and smear the opposition.

The Commission ruled by unanimous vote that both allegations from Direct PAC had no merit and dismissed the complaints entirely.

The models used to generate the SPLOST projects have been proven fraudulent and the county government purposefully circumvented the fair distribution of the funds as mandated in HB 709. Certain parties like the Chamber of Commerce, the former Peachtree City mayors and Direct PAC perpetuated the lies that led to a $34 million SPLOST shortfall for Peachtree City through public statements, phony educational forums and trumped-up charges against those who dared speak against them.

Steve Brown

Peachtree City, Ga.

[Brown served as mayor from 2001 through 2005, losing to Harold Logsdon in a runoff in late 2005.]

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 12:07pm.

on the outcome? The Direct PAC is a big bunch of losers.

Vote Republican (except Westmoreland)

Submitted by Doug on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 8:27am.

How could anyone have been so brainless as to think Direct PAC cared about the people living in Peachtree City? Harold Logsdon has only been in office 1 ½ years and look at how fast things have changed.

I like Steve’s letters in the newspaper. He knows what he’s talking about and I can’t think of another person who works harder at keeping the government honest.

I hope he sues the Direct PAC members for harrassment.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 7:29pm.

1. Direct PAC no longer exists, but when it did it cared very much for our people. Yes Harold has been an agent of change - all good. The brainless loser that was steve brown no longer personifies our relationships with the State of Georgia and other governmental bodies.
2. Good for you, read Steve's letters and then reread #1.
3. I hope he sues Direct PAC members as well. My hubby was one of them and a lawsuit from a loser like Brown would get him up off the couch and respond big time. Be careful what you ask for - dorky Doug.

Notice I can can flip flop back and forth between obnoxious blogger and polite, factual and unemotional reporter. Don't try this folks, most of you are not prepared.

Submitted by johenry on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 11:40pm.

Congratulations Steve and keep up the good work! Thanks for taking a stand.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 4:34pm.

Those of us with half of a brain have known that all along Steve.

I wonder where our favorite cheap flea hotel(mudcat) is now. I hope you are sueing them for filing false charges. .....It's the least they deserve!!

Where are you stinky cat??? Once again you worthless nefarious idiots have been proven wrong!!

Submitted by johenry on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 11:17pm.

Oh how funny! Just look at RobeMudcat W. Morgan struggling in the blog below. They do hate being proven wrong.

The Direct PAC comes out looking like a bunch of fools - who would've thought it??

Steve Brown keeps getting proven right time-after-time and the Bob Lenox/Direct PAC/Developer thugs keep trying to intimidate everybody. There's so much stuff coming out of the thugs you could run every gas appliance in Kedron Hills for month!

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 8:02pm.

The way that worked at the ethics commission is that Steve Brown produced an affidavit from Comcast that said any citizen is able to go on Comcast at any time - free of charge and talk about anything.

So, that leads to some questions--
1. Why did Comcast decline Direct PAC's proposed rebuttal of the butthead's comments back when he was against the SPLOST?
2. How did this mysterious affidavit appear at the hearing with no prior warning? And Why?
3. Who was the person (or weasel) who convinced Andy Mackie to sign this affidavit? And Why?
4. And here comes the big one - What is going to happen when I go to Comcast tomorrow with my copy of the affidavit that Mackie signed and assert my rights as a private citizen to go on Comcast and broadcast whatever I want?
Yes, I have a copy of the affidavit and will show it when I get there. The speech will be intersting if aired. I have already been told they "Changed" their policy. Wonder why.

Watch carefully, people. Brown clown has really crossed the line on this one and so did Comcast. They think they buried this - and naturally Brown clown believes he is in the clear. Not so. Run again for office Brown clown and there is a tape on U Tube coming at you.

Does that answer your question about where the stinky cat is?
Right here and right in your face.

See if you can debate this issue directly instead of diverting the argument to Lenox, Farr or the good ole boy network. Bet you can't you nappy haired white boy.

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Submitted by tortugaocho on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 8:10pm.

You're Amazing ---- you sound like Al Gore or Glenn Close

You beat the drum for months about how Brown would get disciplined by the State Ethics Board on your frivolous Chamber nonsense. And your lawyer? What did you do---- grab him off the street corner, give him a shave, a suit and drop him off at Sloppy Floyd ? Wow….

So now that you lost, you can’t let it go just like Al Gore. You want to keep counting votes or whatever. You tube, etc.

You also sound like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. You need to let this obsession over Steve Brown go. Really. You flamed out when you voted the Big Boxes in so now its time for you to retire. Don't blame Brown for your problems. Take the credit yourself.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 10:01pm.

You LOST because you are a LIAR!! The people who hang out with you are dishonest at best.

I hope you're sorry liar....(ooooppsss) lawyer rests up before you get slammmed with the whole frivolous lawsuit thing.......has the court date been set for that yet???? I don't want to miss that one.....

Do you have enough egg on your face for breakfast tomorrow??

I bet the comcast people can't sleep tonight for fear of seeing you tomorrrow.

There is nothing to debate lost because you are a LIAR!

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 04/11/2007 - 6:11am.

1. I didn't lose or win - I was not involved in the ethics hearing or complaint.
2. A complaint to the State Ethics commission is not a lawsuit, therefore cannot be frivilous nor does the subject of the ethics hearing have any recourse against the Ste or the person bringing the complaint.
3. Direct PAC did not file the ethics complaint. John Dufresne as a private citizen did.
4. Comcast is very embarrassed about the affidavit. They were not told how it was going to be used and they are not willing to grant The Citizen an interview to discuss it.
5. No one, including Steve Brown lied about anything. The facts are that he spoke out against the SPLOST and it was shown on Comcast. The complaint and Brown's defense were caused by differing opinions of the State's requirements that Brown should or should not have registered as a political action committee. He did not register and the hearing supported that view.

See how easy it is to be factual and unemotional about a topic? I can even stay on one subject from beginning to end. Try it sometime. It really is easy.

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Submitted by Voice of Fayett... on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 9:43pm.

Mudcat--- I would strongly advise against you posting any video from the Ethics Hearing on the Citizen Website. The beating that your DIRECTPAC lawyer took is not suitable for family viewing.

Submitted by bladderq on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 9:55pm.

Did Brownie even have a lawyer? Gotta love a gadfly but I still think Dar was on the right trax.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 4:32pm.

Lotta long faces at the Y-Knot tonight. Nuk Dufresne ruined a good pair of shorts and RobeMudcatMorgan soiled the sandbox. Even though Brown lost to the tennis crowd, its amusing that they can't make him go away.

As I drove up 74 to work this morning I realized that you can stick a fork in Fayette---- its done.

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