House District 71 candidate Marcy Sakrison’s campaign recently accused incumbent Philip Singleton of an “ethics violation” for being one day late filing his personal financial disclosure.
The accusation harks back to the early days of last year’s special election campaign, when Singleton took shots at Sakrison for filing her disclosures after the due date – but within the grace period.
Later in the 2019 campaign, Singleton’s campaign report was late, and a late fee was assessed. Singleton said that he and all three of his opponents in the special election ended up with late fees last year.
But late fees aren’t ethics violations, though candidates will often use that term when talking about their opponents.
In fact, though the website for the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission’s website is ethics.ga.gov , the organization doesn’t deal with ethics, and…