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Thu Aug 22, 2019, 08:44 PM

Ethics staffer: Oxendine used campaign money for house, cars, daycare

State ethics commission staffers say former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a one-time frontrunner for governor, illegally spent campaign donations on luxury car leases, child care bills, an athletic club membership and a down payment on a $965,000 house.

They said the expenditures came after Oxendine’s campaign transferred money to his law firm. His lawyer said the “loan” was legal, but the commission on Wednesday voted to move ahead with prosecuting the former commissioner, who has battled ethics complaints for a decade.

“I am not buying that this was a loan, ” said commission member Eric Barnum.

The commission also voted to move ahead with a complaint that he took $120,000 — far above the legal limit — from two Georgia insurance companies through affiliated political action committees.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/ethics-staffer-oxendine-used-campaign-money-for-house-cars-daycare/Yo0DEcUQnhUZWU0t98LSgL/

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