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State Sen. Balfour returns $800 after expenses questioned

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

ATLANTA (AP) A high-ranking Georgia lawmaker has reimbursed the state nearly $800 after facing questions about whether he was improperly paid for in-state work while dining out-of-state with lobbyists.Financial records show Republican Sen. Don Balfour of Snellville wrote two checks last month to pay back the state for daily expenses and mileage claimed in 2011.

Balfour, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, did not return calls seeking comment.

In one instance, Balfour paid back expenses he claimed while working on legislative business on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5. A Georgia Power lobbyist reported paying for a tour that Balfour took in New Orleans on Aug. 5.

Lawmakers cannot get paid from their expense accounts for out-of-state work.

The website Atlanta Unfiltered first reported on the overlap of Balfour's trips and expenses.

Comments

Karl 2 years, 8 months ago

Balfour needs to lose in the primary. After misappropriating designated fees for decades, he told a reporter, "I've been doing this for 20 years and still get re-elected."

His contempt for his constituents and the citizens of Georgia is immense, just like his ego, which tells him he is untouchable. Let's make sure this corrupt politician is NOT re-elected this time around.

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kevin 2 years, 8 months ago

no politican ever pays back money and hopes later to get it back. the public views this as a politician who got caught and dediced not to fight it. This story will get lost over the next 6 months if it is still being investigated.

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't worry, Balfour will more than make back the $800 from the lobbyist money, gifts and "other" that his lobbyist girlfriend and all the other lobbyists will throw his way as the most powerful man in the State Senate, for now anyways.

And if Balfour does manage to somehow FINALLY get defeated and thrown out of the Senate like he should have been years ago, there are at least 10 more crooks giddily waiting to take his place and take their own turn at the big-business mega-corporate trough.

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 8 months ago

Heck, the guy already has over $700,000 in the bank.

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agneskravitz 2 years, 8 months ago

If you want to see him beat in the primary, GET OUT AND VOTE. If you are not in his district, give money to his opponent

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swtbabygirl37 2 years, 8 months ago

If he payed it back sounds like he had something to hide. I hope the crook does not get re-relcted. There is no telling what else he has done that has not been brought to light yet.

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Kent 2 years, 8 months ago

http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/tag/don-balfour/

Check out the above link. We should be so proud of our "conservative representative" from Snellville. I have made inquiries over the years to his office requesting him to contact me regarding important issues. Not once have I received a return call. This is one of "YOU PAY TO PLAY" politicians we have in Ga. Scum like Mr. Balfour is why I am no longer a Republican.

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Coolray 2 years, 8 months ago

Welcome to the Georgia Republican Party 2012. You elected them and now you can kiss their boots.

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R 2 years, 8 months ago

Seems there was a complaint filed with the Gwinnett District Attorney recently.

Since returning funds 6 months or so after receiving them, it seems like the state just gave him an interest free loan, wish I could get that kind of "payday" loan. Since those claim forms records were officially filed, I wonder what happens next.

You're right Mr. Speaker Ralston, we don't need ethics rules in GA...

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 8 months ago

Ethics? ETHICS? We don't need no stinken ethics? (Hysterical laughs)

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ssilover1 2 years, 8 months ago

Be careful. Slander is costly.

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R 2 years, 8 months ago

So where is the aforementioned slander?

A series of incidents have been laid out for all to see.

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