Ethics commission dismisses complaint against District Attorney Paine, CAVE Task Force

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – UPDATE: The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission has dismissed the complaint filed against District Attorney Natalie Paine and the CAVE Task Force.

The complaint stated that on September 2nd, the CAVE Task Force, a sub-agency of her office, posted on Facebook asking for political support for DA Paine’s campaign.

In the final administrative dismissal, it’s stated that the DA is allowed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between various law enforcement agencies, state agencies and community organizations that work in the elderly community to work together to deal with elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

This MOU does NOT create an ‘agency’. CAVE is not a ‘funded task force’, it is a community group that meets to address the needs of the vulnerable and elderly.

The commission says CAVE is a community group and not a funded task force or agency, and therefore, does not violate the law.

“As expected, the Ethics Commission quickly dismissed this ridiculous complaint filed by my opponent and his friends,” said Paine. “While I was absolutely exonerated, Jared Williams’ self-serving and ill-advised publicity stunt has tarnished the reputation of volunteer law enforcement officers and prosecutors who work to protect the elderly in our community from abuse and neglect. Mr. Williams should be ashamed of himself for letting unbridled political ambition corrupt his character.”


(WJBF) – A complaint has been filed against District Attorney, Natalie Paine.

It alleges that Paine violated the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Act.

The complaint says that on September 2nd, the CAVE Task Force, a sub-agency of her office, posted on Facebook asking for political support for DA Paine’s campaign.

As CAVE is funded by public services, this would be a violation of OCGA 21-5-30.2(b), which states “No agency and no person acting on behalf of an agency shall make, directly or indirectly, any contribution to any campaign committee, political action committee, or political organization or to any candidate.”

If it’s determined the complaint holds weight then a preliminary hearing will be held.

Paine has 30 days to respond to the complaint.

DA Paine has released a statement regarding the complaint, stating:

“It’s incredibly sad that my opponent is attacking a volunteer task force, focused on protecting the vulnerable and elderly. This complaint is 100% false, and Jared Williams should be ashamed of himself for coordinating such a ridiculous and politically motivated publicity stunt.”

District Attorney Natalie Paine

Jared Williams is challenging Paine in the November election.

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