Chief Magistrate Judge William Randall Breaks Law By Using Tax Dollars In His Campaign

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Updated: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:01:37 EST

Macon-Bibb County Chief Magistrate William Randall announces he'll run again for the seat he's held since 1999. Randall's proud of his 15 years of service. The problem is Randall also violated Georgia election laws by having his announcement typed up by his secretary, a public employee paid with tax dollars. The release was placed in official envelopes, also paid for with tax dollars, and then run through the county's bulk-mail processor

"That was a mistake I was not in the office. It was a mistake it should not have been sent in an official envelope like that," said Randall. Randall says he was ill and out of the office but still took responsibility.

The law states: "No agency or person acting on behalf of an agency shall make, directly or indirectly, any contribution to any campaign committee, political action committee, or political organization or to any candidate."

All campaign efforts for election are supposed to be funded by the campaign. "We don't have a campaign office yet," said Randall.

Randall stated it was an honest mistake. "That might be a little irregular, but I take responsibility for it." The Georgia ethics commission saw the mailing as a violation, and so might the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

"I think the JQC would be upset with it," said Randall. The JQC conducts investigations and hearings with respect to ethical misconduct by Georgia Judges.

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