nacsa offered consulting contracts to state officials…
Georgians Deserve transparency…
“The citizens of Georgia should be able to have faith that their state government employees are not conflicted by receiving — or even being offered — side ‘consulting’ payments from state vendors, and vendors need to be held accountable for such inappropriate offers or payments and violations of important government transparency provisions”
georgia state law calls for transparency
To be compliant, “[a]ny vendor who, either directly or through another person, makes a gift or gifts to one or more public employees exceeding in the aggregate $250.00 in value during any calendar year,” must file a disclosure report with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.
it also says…
“[n]o public officer other than a public officer elected state wide shall accept a monetary fee or honorarium in excess of $100.00 for a speaking engagement, participation in a seminar, discussion panel, or other activity which directly relates to the official duties of that public officer or the office of that public officer.”
will georgia lawmakers hold nacsa accountable?
The Penalty for non-compliance is clear
If a nonprofit organization does not comply with the disclosure and reporting requirements of O.C.G.A. § 50-20-1 et seq., the organization “shall be required to repay the funds to the state [agency] and shall be prohibited from receiving funds from any state organization for a period of 12 months from the date of notification . . . .”
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