ATLANTA (AP) - An attorney at Georgia's ethics panel said a commissioner pressured her to settle cases against Gov. Nathan Deal.
A staff attorney for the ethics commission, Elisabeth Murray-Obertein, said in an affidavit filed Friday that commission Chairman Kevin Abernethy called her several times to discuss the Deal cases.
Deal was cleared of major violations. He paid $3,350 in administrative fees for technical defects on his campaign finance filings. Murray-Obertein had recommended $70,000 in fines.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/GEygel ) reports that Murray-Obertein said Abernathy told her the commissioners would vote to dismiss the complaints against Deal and that she should settle the case.
Abernethy said the lawyer's claims are false and noted that Murray-Obertein publicly said she supported dropping one complaint.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
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