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

Invest Atlanta to review $40k check for ex-mayor Reed’s So. Africa trip
 After an hour behind closed doors in an executive session, the Invest Atlanta board voted unanimously to create an ad hoc committee to perform an independent review of a $40,000 transaction between the city and its nonprofit fundraising arm, Partners For Prosperity. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported that Atlanta City Council...

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After an hour behind closed doors in an executive session, the Invest Atlanta board voted unanimously to create an ad hoc committee to perform an independent review of a $40,000 transaction between the city and its nonprofit fundraising arm, Partners For Prosperity. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported that Atlanta City Council...
Atlanta City Hall bribery probe: Feds eye mayor’s deputy chief of staff
 Nearly six years ago a man who had defrauded elderly investors out of more than $1 million convinced the City of Atlanta that he could turn restaurant grease into fuel and prevent it from being illegally dumped. Now federal investigators want to know how his scheme slid past the City Council and the nature of his relationship to the mayor&rsquo...

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Nearly six years ago a man who had defrauded elderly investors out of more than $1 million convinced the City of Atlanta that he could turn restaurant grease into fuel and prevent it from being illegally dumped. Now federal investigators want to know how his scheme slid past the City Council and the nature of his relationship to the mayor&rsquo...
Atlanta corruption probe seeks former Mayor Kasim Reed’s records
 The sprawling federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now reached the office of former Mayor Kasim Reed. An April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury demands information about charges made to Reed’s city-issued credit card, along with information about Reed’s brother, Tracy; political consultant Rev. Mitzi...

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The sprawling federal investigation into Atlanta City Hall corruption has now reached the office of former Mayor Kasim Reed. An April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury demands information about charges made to Reed’s city-issued credit card, along with information about Reed’s brother, Tracy; political consultant Rev. Mitzi...
Former Mayor Kasim Reed named in Atlanta City Hall corruption subpoena
 For the first time, federal prosecutors are seeking records of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in the sprawling federal investigation of City Hall corruption. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday received a copy of an April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury seeking, among other things, Reed’s city-issued credit card statements...

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For the first time, federal prosecutors are seeking records of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in the sprawling federal investigation of City Hall corruption. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday received a copy of an April 6 subpoena from a federal grand jury seeking, among other things, Reed’s city-issued credit card statements...
Atlanta purchasing chief Adam Smith ordered to report to N.C. prison
 Adam Smith, who for 14 years was Atlanta’s top purchasing officer, has been ordered to report to a North Carolina federal prison to begin serving a 27-month sentence for his role in a City Hall bribery scheme. Smith, a graduate of Yale, Morehouse and Georgetown Law School, must report to the Federal Medical Center Butner on Wednesday...

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Adam Smith, who for 14 years was Atlanta’s top purchasing officer, has been ordered to report to a North Carolina federal prison to begin serving a 27-month sentence for his role in a City Hall bribery scheme. Smith, a graduate of Yale, Morehouse and Georgetown Law School, must report to the Federal Medical Center Butner on Wednesday...
Atlanta hires pricey outside lawyers for public records case
 At rates of up to $855 an hour, Atlanta has retained two attorneys from an international law firm to manage its response to a GBI investigation into open records violations, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. Legal experts endorsed the city’s need to retain an outside law firm to handle the...

Posted: 6 days ago

At rates of up to $855 an hour, Atlanta has retained two attorneys from an international law firm to manage its response to a GBI investigation into open records violations, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. Legal experts endorsed the city’s need to retain an outside law firm to handle the...
New portal will allow citizens to track Atlanta government spending
 Standing in front of hundreds of City of Atlanta employees on Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered messages to citizens concerned about City Hall corruption and to critics who say her administration is too closely tied to former Mayor Kasim Reed. “This week,” Bottoms said, “is about speaking softly and carrying...

Posted: 8 days ago

Standing in front of hundreds of City of Atlanta employees on Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms delivered messages to citizens concerned about City Hall corruption and to critics who say her administration is too closely tied to former Mayor Kasim Reed. “This week,” Bottoms said, “is about speaking softly and carrying...
Atlanta launches portal allowing citizens to track city spending
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday unveiled her plan to create an online portal through which citizens can track city spending. Called Atlanta’s Open Checkbook, Bottoms said the system has largely been built out and should be operational within two months. She said it will allow residents to review spending on vendors, by...

Posted: 8 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday unveiled her plan to create an online portal through which citizens can track city spending. Called Atlanta’s Open Checkbook, Bottoms said the system has largely been built out and should be operational within two months. She said it will allow residents to review spending on vendors, by...
Bribery charges expose depth of corruption facing Atlanta’s new mayor
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has said the city won’t know how deeply the city’s procurement process has been exploited until federal prosecutors complete their bribery investigation at City Hall. An indictment unsealed Thursday indicates Bottoms could be waiting a while. The indictment against The Rev. Mitzi Bickers...

Posted: 12 days ago

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has said the city won’t know how deeply the city’s procurement process has been exploited until federal prosecutors complete their bribery investigation at City Hall. An indictment unsealed Thursday indicates Bottoms could be waiting a while. The indictment against The Rev. Mitzi Bickers...
Mitzi Bickers, politico and pastor, indicted in Atlanta bribery case
 For most of her adult life, Mitzi Bickers’ public persona has been with a white clerical collar around her neck while she ministered to people in her church, in jails or at funerals. On Thursday, Rev. Bickers wore handcuffs and leg irons under a gray pantsuit to a first appearance in federal court, after an 11-count indictment was unsealed...

Posted: 13 days ago

For most of her adult life, Mitzi Bickers’ public persona has been with a white clerical collar around her neck while she ministered to people in her church, in jails or at funerals. On Thursday, Rev. Bickers wore handcuffs and leg irons under a gray pantsuit to a first appearance in federal court, after an 11-count indictment was unsealed...
Atlanta corruption probe: Bickers makes first court appearance on bribery charges
 In handcuffs and leg irons, The Rev. Mitzi Bickers made her first appearance in federal court Thursday to face charges that she took $2 million in bribes to steer city of Atlanta contracts to at least two contractors from 2010 to 2015. VIDEO: Key dates and events in the Atlanta bribery probe Bickers pleaded not guilty to the 11-count indictment...

Posted: 14 days ago

In handcuffs and leg irons, The Rev. Mitzi Bickers made her first appearance in federal court Thursday to face charges that she took $2 million in bribes to steer city of Atlanta contracts to at least two contractors from 2010 to 2015. VIDEO: Key dates and events in the Atlanta bribery probe Bickers pleaded not guilty to the 11-count indictment...