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Augusta mayor seeks to toss The Augusta Press lawsuit

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Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. is asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by The Augusta Press over the denial of access to financial information related to the Augusta Mayor’s Masters Reception.

The motion to dismissed was filed June 22 in the Richmond County Superior Court case. It alleges ...

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Hang in there !! All of this hocus-pocus, questionable expenditures, and secretive shenanigans, will all be resolved on January 2, 2023. A New Mayor is coming to the Marble Palace. The light is getting ready to be flipped on. The roaches had best scatter.

  2. What is the world has to be kept from Public about the Reception ??? Why is everything to do with the Mayor so secretive ??? Why does Ms Gibbons seem to be so ever present in matters of the Mayor’s monies ???

  3. I’m still laughing. Hardy doesn’t want anyone to know what he’s been spending money on. I can’t imagine why? If what he has done is honest, he would have no need to cover up the expenditures. We can only assume he has been dishonest. Prove me wrong.

    • Would you send the Church and Open Records Request demanding that State Law requires the disclosure its financial records? And if the Church does not submit, would you file a law suit against the Church? The fact that the TAP is attempting to use a State Statute to overreach is what is costing the Taxpayers money.

      • Would you send the Church and Open Records Request demanding that State Law requires the disclosure of its financial records? And if the Church does not submit, would you file a law suit against the Church? The fact that TAP is attempting to use a State Statute to overreach is what is costing the Taxpayers money.

      • If I thought illegal money was being spent? You’re damn right I would. If the preacher had nothing to hide he would welcome the viewing of the records. What a joke of a response..where are the credit card receipts that he’s never produced? This man is hiding something and trying to stall until he is out of office. Preacher my butt..

      • Churches do not tend to be on the receiving end of taxpayer monies, unless they happen to provide some kind of subsidized service, like day-care. That being said, every church I have ever attended were pretty open about financial records being reviewed by church members. If a church, or any other entity for that matter, were to receive public funds, like for pre-K, or day-care services, then yes, I would expect for the possibility of taxpayer scrutiny, and a lawsuit if requested records were not provided in a timely manner. In the case of Mayor Davis’ handling of the taxpayer funds that are/were tied up in the “My Brother’s Keeper” account, and their apparent misuse, review of other “expenditures” is probably well justified.

    • Correct me if I am wrong please. But I don’t believe Hardies church received taxpayer funds. Apples and oranges. If the church received tax payer funds then yes I would think they should disclose what those funds were spent on.

  4. If the plaintiff, TAP, cannot review the financial records, how can it be validated that taxpayers’ funds did not exceed at least one-third of its total funding? Where is the FBI? Did Biden instruct the FBI to only investigate political opponents and Republicans for possible criminal activity? Sammie Sias’ arrest and pending trial are fading into history. The old deny, delay, and disinformation tactics are in play here for Davis and Sias.

    The way I see it, the commissioners gave Hardie Davis, Tonia Gibbons, and Ed Tarver $5,000 so the trio could collect and pay it out $100,000 to supporting individuals (themselves) and businesses (their “non-profit” corporation). It’s not inconceivable that some sitting commissioners are operating similar enterprises using taxpayer funds.

    Wow, Ms. Gibbons is a busy woman – CEO, CFO, and Secretary. Who pays her and the rent on the Wheeler Rd office suite? Is there a blow-up mattress in the office? Does the corporation have a Federal EIN/TIN number? :https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/businesssearch/BusinessInformation?businessId=2175873&businessType=Domestic%20Nonprofit%20Corporation&fromSearch=True

    • Many decades ago, two employees embezzled about $350,000 from a local church. The pastor had refused to allow an audit of the church books until a church member with law enforcement connections forced his hand, resulting in the employees’ arrests and convictions. To answer your questions, yes and yes.

  5. Mark my words, Davis will never be prosecuted for any of the criminal activities he has done to the citizens of Augusta. It will all be swept under the rug until he is out of office and hopefully forgotten. If the Commissioners were really concerned and doing their job for the taxpayers of Augusta, they would demand an edit on all city budgets.

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