With the help of public funds, two of DeKalb’s top elected officials gave 900 members of one of politics’ most coveted voting blocs a night to remember.
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Every year, Georgia law enforcement agencies seize millions of dollars worth of cash, cars and other property. To find out what agencies take and how they use it, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution throughout this year has analyzed thousands of pages of documents obtained under open records laws. In previous stories, the AJC revealed weaknesses in the state forfeiture law that open the door for abuse. The AJC also detailed questionable spending by Georgia agencies, including tens of thousands of dollars spent by the Fulton County district attorney on office awards galas, a private movie screening and tickets to sports games. The coverage prompted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent review of spending by the Fulton DA. A growing number of elected officials have also said they will push to tighten rules on state civil forfeiture funds and force more transparency.