Georgians should be disgusted by latest ethics payout

Georgians have long paid a political price for a state ethics commission that was more lapdog than watchdog.

Now, they’re paying through the nose financially — and they should be outraged and disgusted.

Last week, the public board that’s charged with policing Georgia’s elected officials agreed to pay $1.8 million to three of its former employees, basically in return for keeping their mouths shut.

The trio of whistleblowers had alleged retaliation related to an investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal, which involved his 2010 campaign finance reports and personal financial disclosures.

The latest settlement brings to $2.5 million (not counting attorneys’ fees) that state taxpayers will have to shell out for a dysfunctional state agency.

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