Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal is a reporter on the AJC’s investigative team, focusing mainly on local and state governments. Klepal previously covered Atlanta City Hall and Cobb County, where he wrote extensively about the public investment in SunTrust Park. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Klepal covered city governments in Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Atlanta mayoral candidates weigh in on homelessness, race, corruption
 Over the last few months, Atlanta’s mayoral candidates have appeared at numerous forums and debates. The dozen or so contenders heard their opponents stump speeches and narratives so often that they could recite one another’s buzzwords and slogans – at times in a mocking cadence. But now only two remain: City Councilwomen...

Posted: a day ago

Over the last few months, Atlanta’s mayoral candidates have appeared at numerous forums and debates. The dozen or so contenders heard their opponents stump speeches and narratives so often that they could recite one another’s buzzwords and slogans – at times in a mocking cadence. But now only two remain: City Councilwomen...
Paper trail at City Hall leads to recycling bin
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed Wednesday that the city of Atlanta has racked up more than $1.4 million in legal bills for producing records tied to the ongoing bribery scandal at City Hall. A fraction of that expense went toward copying, redacting and boxing 1.4 million pages of records that were turned over to the media at...

Posted: a day ago

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed Wednesday that the city of Atlanta has racked up more than $1.4 million in legal bills for producing records tied to the ongoing bribery scandal at City Hall. A fraction of that expense went toward copying, redacting and boxing 1.4 million pages of records that were turned over to the media at...
Atlanta bribery probe costs taxpayers $1.4 million — and counting
 The federal bribery investigation into city of Atlanta contracting has done more than shake officials at City Hall — it has clobbered taxpayers in the pocketbook. The city spent more than $1.4 million on outside legal counsel from November 2016 to September 2017, for help providing documents subpoenaed by federal investigators and then...

Posted: 2 days ago

The federal bribery investigation into city of Atlanta contracting has done more than shake officials at City Hall — it has clobbered taxpayers in the pocketbook. The city spent more than $1.4 million on outside legal counsel from November 2016 to September 2017, for help providing documents subpoenaed by federal investigators and then...
Man who threw brick accepts plea deal in Atlanta bribery probe
 When Shandarrick Barnes hurled a brick through the plate-glass window of a city contractor who was cooperating with a federal pay-to-play investigation of Atlanta City Hall, he did so over concern that the probe would impact his boss and their ability to continue making money, according to admissions made in federal court on Tuesday. The...

Posted: 10 days ago

When Shandarrick Barnes hurled a brick through the plate-glass window of a city contractor who was cooperating with a federal pay-to-play investigation of Atlanta City Hall, he did so over concern that the probe would impact his boss and their ability to continue making money, according to admissions made in federal court on Tuesday. The...
Donors eyeing Atlanta airport contracts gave big to mayoral candidates
 People and businesses with interest in a controversial but lucrative package of contracts at the Atlanta airport have donated more than $287,000 to candidates for mayor, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of contribution data shows. The donations came from national and local companies hoping to profit from 10 contracts worth hundreds...

Posted: 14 days ago

People and businesses with interest in a controversial but lucrative package of contracts at the Atlanta airport have donated more than $287,000 to candidates for mayor, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of contribution data shows. The donations came from national and local companies hoping to profit from 10 contracts worth hundreds...
Atlanta council’s Winslow returns ballot fund cash tied to Kasim Reed
 Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow vowed this week to return a $2,600 contribution to her re-election campaign from a controversial ballot committee fund tied to Mayor Kasim Reed. As the AJC previously reported, a committee called Citizens For Better Transportation 2016 raised more than $1.2 million from some of the city’s most...

Posted: 15 days ago

Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow vowed this week to return a $2,600 contribution to her re-election campaign from a controversial ballot committee fund tied to Mayor Kasim Reed. As the AJC previously reported, a committee called Citizens For Better Transportation 2016 raised more than $1.2 million from some of the city’s most...
Atlanta mayoral candidate Mitchell: Let GBI investigate campaign fund
 Atlanta Mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell said Monday that he thinks the Georgia Bureau of Investigation should probe the controversial spending by a ballot committee tied to Mayor Kasim Reed. The Citizens For Better Transportation 2016 raised $1.2 million, but only spent half that amount convincing voters to support a sales tax increase...

Posted: 18 days ago

Atlanta Mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell said Monday that he thinks the Georgia Bureau of Investigation should probe the controversial spending by a ballot committee tied to Mayor Kasim Reed. The Citizens For Better Transportation 2016 raised $1.2 million, but only spent half that amount convincing voters to support a sales tax increase...
Atlanta council’s Smith returns ballot fund cash tied to Kasim Reed
 Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith said Friday that she has returned a $2,600 contribution to her re-election campaign from a controversial ballot committee fund tied to Mayor Kasim Reed. As the AJC reported Thursday, a committee called Citizens For Better Transportation 2016 raised more than $1.2 million from some of the city’s...

Posted: 20 days ago

Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith said Friday that she has returned a $2,600 contribution to her re-election campaign from a controversial ballot committee fund tied to Mayor Kasim Reed. As the AJC reported Thursday, a committee called Citizens For Better Transportation 2016 raised more than $1.2 million from some of the city’s...
Philly consultant gets check from ballot committee tied to Kasim Reed
 A consulting firm headed by a woman accused of running a “slush fund” with the nonprofit Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia received $35,000 from a controversial ballot committee chaired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday, a committee called Citizens For Better Transportation 2016...

Posted: 21 days ago

A consulting firm headed by a woman accused of running a “slush fund” with the nonprofit Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia received $35,000 from a controversial ballot committee chaired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday, a committee called Citizens For Better Transportation 2016...
Reed’s council allies got donations from transit campaign fund
 A political committee set up in 2016 to raise and spend money for the passage of a sales tax increase for transportation improvements is now helping bankroll the re-elections of incumbent Atlanta City Council members loyal to Mayor Kasim Reed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. State law says campaign committees may only spend money...

Posted: 23 days ago

A political committee set up in 2016 to raise and spend money for the passage of a sales tax increase for transportation improvements is now helping bankroll the re-elections of incumbent Atlanta City Council members loyal to Mayor Kasim Reed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. State law says campaign committees may only spend money...
Atlanta mayor’s race: Norwood would support vendor donation limits
 At least one of the major candidates in the race to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed signaled support for possible limits on political donations from city vendors. City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, responding to a question Sunday during a WSB-TV debate, said she would support restrictions on campaign donations from current or would-be city vendors...

Posted: 25 days ago

At least one of the major candidates in the race to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed signaled support for possible limits on political donations from city vendors. City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, responding to a question Sunday during a WSB-TV debate, said she would support restrictions on campaign donations from current or would-be city vendors...