Atlanta Councilman Willis Gets Ethics Fine

February 18, 2011  |  

(AJC) — Offering a strong rebuke, the Atlanta Board of Ethics fined H. Lamar Willis one of the largest amounts levied against an Atlanta city council member, ruling that he accepted money for his foundation that was provided by companies and people doing business with the city.  The board voted 7-0 to fine Willis $3,500, with $500 due on March 1. In 2009, Ceasar Mitchell and Kwanza Hall had to pay $15,000 and $11,200, respectively, in fines. From 2002 to 2007, Willis operated the H. Lamar Willis Foundation, largely out of his city council office and off the largess of people with something to sell to the city, said Ginny Looney, city ethics officer.

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