Fulton Could Limit Contractors’ Donations

August 17, 2011  |  

(AJC) — With the county preparing to award contracts in the most expensive library construction program in state history, a Fulton commissioner wants to stamp out any appearance of backroom dealing in the bid process.  What Commissioner Emma Darnell is proposing would be among the most stringent campaign finance restrictions in the nation, banning any company that donates more than $500 to a commission candidate’s war chest from doing business with the county for a year. No jurisdiction in the metro Atlanta area has anything similar on its books.  “Many contractors don’t believe they have a chance, unless they are connected,” said Darnell, who will ask the board to adopt the new rules at Wednesday’s meeting. “That’s not true in Fulton County, but that’s the perception.”

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