Dan Klepal

Reporter

Dan Klepal covers Atlanta government. Previously, Dan covered Cobb County and was a Louisville Courier-Journal municipal reporter.

Latest from Dan Klepal

Candidate Aman: Contractors pledged money if he took care of ‘friends’
 Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman says there’s plenty of Chicago-style politics happening in the Atlanta mayor’s race. Aman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News that he was assured city contractors would contribute to his campaign if, as mayor, he took care of his “friends.” The city&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman says there’s plenty of Chicago-style politics happening in the Atlanta mayor’s race. Aman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News that he was assured city contractors would contribute to his campaign if, as mayor, he took care of his “friends.” The city&rsquo...
Bribery scandal stokes Atlanta mayor’s race
 The federal bribery investigation of Atlanta City Hall is disrupting the race to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed. Ethics and reform of government had taken a back seat to other issues, such as affordable housing and transportation. But since the end of September, when the feds netted their first conviction of a high-ranking city official, a...

Posted: 9 days ago

The federal bribery investigation of Atlanta City Hall is disrupting the race to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed. Ethics and reform of government had taken a back seat to other issues, such as affordable housing and transportation. But since the end of September, when the feds netted their first conviction of a high-ranking city official, a...
Mayoral hopefuls slam $600,000 severance clause in Beltline contract
 If the next Atlanta mayor wants to make a change in the Atlanta Beltline’s chief executive office, it’ll cost taxpayers $600,000. Brian McGowan, who took over as the Beltline’s CEO last month, has a three-year contract that pays him $300,000 annually. The contract includes a stipulation that McGowan gets two full years of...

Posted: 12 days ago

If the next Atlanta mayor wants to make a change in the Atlanta Beltline’s chief executive office, it’ll cost taxpayers $600,000. Brian McGowan, who took over as the Beltline’s CEO last month, has a three-year contract that pays him $300,000 annually. The contract includes a stipulation that McGowan gets two full years of...
Bribery, corruption scandal looms over Atlanta mayor’s race
 A guilty plea in federal court and an FBI raid on a long-time city vendor are reshaping the Atlanta mayor’s race by throwing a white-hot spotlight back on the City Hall bribery investigation, just one month before voters choose Kasim Reed’s successor. Most of the major candidates have weaponized the scandal in their stump speeches...

Posted: 12 days ago

A guilty plea in federal court and an FBI raid on a long-time city vendor are reshaping the Atlanta mayor’s race by throwing a white-hot spotlight back on the City Hall bribery investigation, just one month before voters choose Kasim Reed’s successor. Most of the major candidates have weaponized the scandal in their stump speeches...
Atlanta councilman Bond to return contractor’s donation
 Controversy over campaign donations from longtime city contractor the PRAD Group, which had its Sandy Springs’ office raided last month by FBI agents, has reached into the Atlanta City Council race. Michael Julian Bond’s re-election campaign for the city-wide Post 1 seat he has held since 2010 received $12,800 from the PRAD engineering...

Posted: 15 days ago

Controversy over campaign donations from longtime city contractor the PRAD Group, which had its Sandy Springs’ office raided last month by FBI agents, has reached into the Atlanta City Council race. Michael Julian Bond’s re-election campaign for the city-wide Post 1 seat he has held since 2010 received $12,800 from the PRAD engineering...
Atlanta mayoral candidate to return donation from embattled contractor
 Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms vowed Monday to return more than $25,000 in campaign contributions from a longtime city contractor whose office was raided by the FBI last month, just days before the federal investigation into City Hall bribery netted a guilty plea from the city’s former purchasing chief. Lance Bottoms...

Posted: 16 days ago

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms vowed Monday to return more than $25,000 in campaign contributions from a longtime city contractor whose office was raided by the FBI last month, just days before the federal investigation into City Hall bribery netted a guilty plea from the city’s former purchasing chief. Lance Bottoms...
After Irma, Georgia faces a ‘new normal’ of devastating storms
 Georgia’s coast had long dodged one epic storm after another, but the catastrophic one-two punch delivered by hurricanes Irma and Matthew in less than a year may be a sign of what’s to come. Climate scientists warn that warming oceans will fuel more hurricanes, meaning once-in-a-lifetime storms are likely to become more regular...

11:45 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

Georgia’s coast had long dodged one epic storm after another, but the catastrophic one-two punch delivered by hurricanes Irma and Matthew in less than a year may be a sign of what’s to come. Climate scientists warn that warming oceans will fuel more hurricanes, meaning once-in-a-lifetime storms are likely to become more regular...
Not everyone hid from Tropical Storm Irma’s wind and rain in Georgia
 The hunt for everything from batteries to beer started early Monday and continued through the afternoon in metro Atlanta, as Irma plowed through the region with tropical storm-force winds after strafing Florida as one of the largest hurricanes on record. Reporters from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution fanned out over the region, and here...

9:54 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

The hunt for everything from batteries to beer started early Monday and continued through the afternoon in metro Atlanta, as Irma plowed through the region with tropical storm-force winds after strafing Florida as one of the largest hurricanes on record. Reporters from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution fanned out over the region, and here...
Feds: ‘Conspiracy’ to threaten Atlanta bribery figure with brick, rats
 The dead rats littering contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr.’s property, and the brick thrown through his window, were not violent acts of a lone wolf trying to silence a star witness in the Atlanta City Hall bribery investigation. Federal prosecutors now say it was all part of a conspiracy. An Aug. 28 bond hearing revealed...

4:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

The dead rats littering contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr.’s property, and the brick thrown through his window, were not violent acts of a lone wolf trying to silence a star witness in the Atlanta City Hall bribery investigation. Federal prosecutors now say it was all part of a conspiracy. An Aug. 28 bond hearing revealed...
Georgia video games spawn charges of payoffs, bribery and betrayal
 An envelope stuffed with cash. Under-the-table payoffs. Backstabbing treachery over contracts worth millions. Welcome to the underbelly of Georgia’s $675 million-a-year video gaming industry, which produces enough accusations of fraud and corruption to fill a season of “The Sopranos.” The new enforcement responsibility...

4:15 PM Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

An envelope stuffed with cash. Under-the-table payoffs. Backstabbing treachery over contracts worth millions. Welcome to the underbelly of Georgia’s $675 million-a-year video gaming industry, which produces enough accusations of fraud and corruption to fill a season of “The Sopranos.” The new enforcement responsibility...
Bribery figure paid $1.6 million to former City Hall operative
 Contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr., who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery at Atlanta City Hall, paid more than $1.6 million in checks or wire transfers to Rev. Mitzi Bickers’ companies during the time frame of the bribery scandal, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of Mitchell’s bank records...

7:38 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

Contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr., who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery at Atlanta City Hall, paid more than $1.6 million in checks or wire transfers to Rev. Mitzi Bickers’ companies during the time frame of the bribery scandal, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of Mitchell’s bank records...