Elected officials need to follow a number of rules established by the State Ethics Commission, including an annual personal financial disclosure statement and biannual campaign finance disclosures. Last year as a new City, the Dunwoody candidates filed all forms electronically with the State Ethics Commission and when I went to do it again the system wouldn't allow me online therefore I missed the cutoff. I learned that I was supposed to file my campaign disclosure with the Dunwoody City Clerk and that is what I did as soon as I was able to do so. Since I was late with the filing, which states that I accepted no money from anyone nor did I have any expenses; I am now permanently labeled as an unethical scofflaw.
Sometimes it is these types of items which get the biggest play at election time since it is technically correct to state that John Heneghan was found guilty of the Georgia Ethics Regulations and was forced to pay a fine. The funny part is that the $25.00 fine for late filing can be paid with political contributions, which I do not accept, therefore unlike some politicians who are habitually late; I think I have learned my lesson.
In hindsight I guess it could have been worse, I could have been listed as a Dunwoody politician being accused of not paying my taxes.