Ga. Senate leader billed taxpayers for campaign mail

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Republican leader of the Georgia Senate is facing questions about state records that show he billed taxpayers for $8,100 in reimbursements that were reported as campaign expenses.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock received the reimbursements for mailings, printing and newspaper inserts that went out to his constituents.

State law prohibits using taxpayer money to pay campaign expenses. However, lawmakers can use state funding for mailings and other printed materials labeled as part of their official business.

Some of the invoices Rogers filed with the state list Friends of Chip Rogers, the name of his campaign.

Rogers' campaign officials say they're auditing his expenses. His attorney, Doug Chalmers, says the lawmaker did nothing illegal or unethical.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)


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