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Accusations Fly Over Brookhaven City Campaign Filing

Brookhaven Yes is accusing No City Brookhaven of missing a mandatory state filing deadline. But the No campaign says it still has time to file.


The argument over Brookhaven becoming a city got uglier late Tuesday afternoon.

BrookhavenYES sent out an email to its subscribers, claiming that the other side – NoCityBrookhaven – missed a mandatory state deadline for filing campaign disclosures.

But NoCityBrookhaven said it has not missed the deadline and has until July 23.

According to the state ethics commission, named the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, ballot committees – such as those formed around the Brookhaven issue - have to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures.

The commission’s website states that such committees must file their disclosures 15 days before a special election. In this case, because voters will decide on July 31 whether to make Brookhaven its own city, the filing deadline is July 16. But the site also gives a grace period deadline of July 23.

In an email, BrookhavenYES told its subscribers, “Yesterday was the deadline for ballot committees to disclose who has been contributing to their campaign. The 'No City' campaign missed this electronic filing deadline and has violated state law as a result.  This level of transparency is mandatory, not optional.”

“We did not miss the filing deadline,” Jodi Cobb, treasurer of NoCityBrookhaven, wrote in an email to Patch. “Any campaign worth their salt knows not to file their disclosures until the last day of the grace period. I was actually surprised to see both the BrookhavenYES and Brookhaven Ballot Committees filed theirs yesterday since they have political people on their team, as we do.”

When contacted by phone, Cobb said, “This is standard politics 101. You don’t file your disclosures until the last day of the grace period.”

But J. Max Davis, chairman of BrookhavenYES, said that other groups, whether for or against the ballot issue, have all made the deadline.

"The deadline is July 16; that’s a fact. Every other ballot committee, pro or against, saw fit to the meet the deadline. They [NoCityBrookhaven] are using a grace period to hide their contributions from the voters," Davis said.

At issue is whether voters will decide in a July 31 election to make Brookhaven a city with its own police and municipal services.

Forms filed with the state commission show that BrookhavenYES has raised almost $37,000 in cash in the current reporting period, and the Brookhaven Ballot Committee has raised $11,000 in cash. Ashford Neighbors, opposed to cityhood, has raised $2,100.

When asked how much NoCityBrookhaven has raised, Cobb responded, “We haven’t disclosed that yet. The smart campaign waits until the very last minute.”

Eddie E. July 20, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Wrong. I noticed it when I was driving up AD road one day and saw the manhole cover shiver.
Eddie E. July 20, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Dr. Angry, And as for the Affordable Care Act, I welcome it. As someone who has paid 100% of employee health care premiums every month since March of 1985, I welcome any effort to loosen the stranglehold placed on American healthcare by NOT having a centralized, single payer option to allow Citizens access to healthcare. This is nice first step, tepid, but nonetheless a first step.
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I can understand why... You certainly must have challenges going home with yourself. I've lived in the area since 1997. It will be fun to find out who you are and the type of business you run.
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Now I understand... You were driving home to your sewer on AD. I suppose your property taxes have kept pace with the many levels of the sewer you occupy.
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Dear Eddie... I love how your stupidity shines! It's taken me awhile to respond because I've had a really difficult time wiping away all the tears of LAUGHTER! I love how clueless you are! Tell you what... I'd like to a 'wager' so to speak... I'll put my home up against your business if you can prove the comments about me giving money to the groups you've stated. And get ready to lose big Eddie because I have no idea who the groups are. I do know who the members of the no'ers are! Furthermore, how much have you given to them in cash and in-kind gifts? This is too funny! A know-it-all no'er who thinks he knows something and then spreads his FUDge as some sort of truth!!! Is there any possibility that your pea-size brain could entertain the fact that someone who was a NO becomes a YES simply by virtue of the fact of all your FUDge? Of course you can't because for all the people you call small minded, small town folks you are, IN FACT, speaking about yourself.
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Silly miscreant Eddie! There you go again!!! You are but a fool whose baby food has soured! Comments were made earlier from another buddy of yours that there were no unions in Georgia. And ya know.... I wonder how effective our new emergency response system calls would be if a CWA walk-out in GA and elsewhere would occur. And don't go criticizing me by slinging FUDge around about what I think about our emergency system.... Because I like it! And, you seem to be focused on money in the worst way.... Is your biz struggling? As for me, I will in no form, shape or way be involved in making money off of any of this. My passion is charitable work while yours might be ripping off your good customers and then calling them vile things when they leave your biz.
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 05:02 AM
LOL!! There you go again Eddie... Using your high strung emotions to now subscribe to others what my view of the New HC is.... This is all too funny. I commenting on our President's lack of understanding of our Constitution to make someone purchase something under the commerce clause... We've all known it would be done as a tax! And, I'm glad it will help you! What I'm concerned about is how you are able to retain employees with your emotional outbursts and horrible judgment of others.
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Yo Eddie... you down there? I'll just talk through the manhole cuz I can hear that you're working on on something down there.... Concerning Patient Affordability... glad you will find it helpful... there are parts of the bill I support.... of course it's 2,000 pages long... I won't be able to say I support it on the whole... and I'm not going to take space re: National Payer system... As for our President.... additional education in the realm of commerce constitutionality law would be of benefit to him... as educational history can benefit any of us... even you!
Roger That July 20, 2012 at 06:16 AM
You mean you didn't go? I didn't see you there.
Roger That July 20, 2012 at 06:17 AM
It's going to be a neat city when the cops have nothing to do.
Roger That July 20, 2012 at 06:20 AM
We should focus our recruitment on the new officers being sent up here. Especially the new motorcycle cops. Great addition, but they could be ours.
Roger That July 20, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Mark G said, "Lets please not fall for this diversionary tactic of arguing about who is in and who is out of the city boundaries." Umm.... it's a city. What else is there to argue about?
Eddie E. July 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Look in the mirror. Which one of us is the anonymous spokesman? Which group supports personal attacks and vandalism? Which group do you speak for? Deal with it.
Eddie E. July 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Dr. Joke, I can't find the coherent thought there to respond to. Try again.
Eddie E. July 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Dr. Angry, Funny how your nasty post gets pulled and you pretend the response to the question in the nasty post is new. Is there anyone in your group concerned with the truth because wasting time with the underling mouthpieces appears to be just wasting time.
Eddie E. July 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Nope. Been to a couple of yesser lie-fests. When dick williams was listed as the 'moderator' instead of the 'conservatator' I knew another liefest was in order.
William July 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
It seems that the best interest of DeKalb's citizens would be for the government to inform them of all of the rates so that they could make an informed decision as to which would be the best deal (i.e. best cost to value).... Leave it to DeKalb to put the needs of its bloated budget ahead of the needs of its citizens.
William July 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
1) Despite Ms. Cobb's claim that waiting until the end of the grace period is "Politics 101", No City released its disclosure prior to the end of the grace period. She must have missed the part in DeKalb's playbook of Politics 101 where it talked about getting around being transparent because you can hide 20 miles south in Decatur when residents get upset...just another great example on how bringing accountability closer to the community works! 2) The "grassroots" "political campaign" being run by the Yes DeKalb...errr..I mean, No City folks is actually being funded by 6 households. Between Eyre, Imlay, Cousins, Eddie Ehlert, Konas, and Ms. Cobb, you have $47,900 of the $65,000 in cash they have raised! So a campaign that has raised 75% of its money from 6 households!!! Grassroots Indeed! 3- At least we know why the Yes DeKalb campaign is so politically savvy....4 of the 6 have made donations to the Democratic Party in the past few years totaling more than $35,000!!! Politics 101, indeed. Has it ever been about community or has it always been about politics for these folks? 4- My favorite part on the list of 'other donors' which seem to be made up of mostly historic Brookhaven residents (you know, where the grassroots are!)...donations from out of the area by Bob Roche(D), Doraville and Steve Henson(D), State Senator from Tucker. You may recognize them from Ms. Cobb's donation list above...Politics 101, everyone...you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
HDM July 20, 2012 at 04:49 PM
No wonder Eddie and Ms. Cobb didn't want the names of their NoCity backers to come out before the vote!
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Sickness and evil are the trademarks of your character! No mirror would dare sow your reflection!
not one of 60 July 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Enuf Govt, Eddie, etc al: Here is the answer to your lies. and there are unions, family and friends (and girlfriedns for certain commissioners aides/friends, etc.) http://www.ajc.com/news/public-pension-crisis-threatens-886685.html http://www.pensiontsunami.com/regions.php?type=state&id=16 http://www.pensiontsunami.com/regions.php?type=state&id=16
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I understand Eddie... You avoid proving anything because you cannot do so. You have hatefully attacked MANY people on the message boards for quite some time! Can't wait to find out who you are and your very strong ties to the county.
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
LMAO Eddie.... My comment was pulled by me... Home lost electricity and had to recreate. Yhe post that you see is my last revised one. You love your FUDge!
Dr. Jeff July 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
LOVE IT!!!
not one of 60 July 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/dekalb-coo-fired-amid-605328.html
not one of 60 July 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
The obnoxious NO City sponsered electronic billboard in the Brookhaven area operated by Clear Channel Corp. between the U-haul and Extended Stay Suites on Peachtree Road. In addition to being a complete eyesore, it is an incredible nuisance that runs 24 hours per day.... Thank you Konas KO & Im-Lames! You certainly have shown your light BRIGHTLY on Brookhaven!
not one of 60 July 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
The obnoxious NO City sponsered electronic billboard in the Brookhaven area operated by Clear Channel Corp. between the U-haul and Extended Stay Suites on Peachtree Road. In addition to being a complete eyesore, it is an incredible nuisance that runs 24 hours per day.... Thank you Konas KO & Im-Lames! You certainly have shown your light BRIGHTLY on Brookhaven!
HamBurger July 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Calvin, Giordano, & Associates (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) $10,000.00 to Brookhaven Yes Provides municipal services to Dunwoody For those paying attention, this is the firm Mr. GuruLikeDrucker used to work for in Dunwoody. He certainly has been quiet lately! Please pass the thin sliced onions!
HamBurger July 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Riley McLendon LLC $5,200 to Brookhaven Yes & Brookhaven Ballot Committee City attorneys for Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Doraville, and Peachtree Corners. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger July 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Lowe Engineers $2,250.00 to Brookhaven Yes Provides services to Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Milton, and Johns Creek Hey! We are just looking for more work! Status Quo Brookhaven Yes! Please thin slice those pickles for me!

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