The state ethics commission voted unanimously Friday to forward his case to an administrative law judge for what amounts to a civil trial. The commission decided that probable cause existed that Oxendine violated campaign finance laws in his 2010 bid for the Republican nomination for governor.
The commission also dismissed a complaint against former Gov. Roy Barnes, agreed to settle a case involving the lobbyist who paid for Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to travel to Europe over Thanksgiving 2010, and delayed until at least July action on a series of cases involving Gov. Nathan Deal.
Commission Chairman Kevin Abernethy said "there is a lot of circumstantial evidence" to forward the Oxendine case for a hearing. Oxendine now has 30 days to negotiate a settlement before a hearing.
Oxendine attorney Stefan Passantino did not dispute that his client's campaign accepted contributions from 10 political action committees and two Rome-based insurance companies that used the PACs in 2008 to funnel $120,000 to Oxendine's campaign.
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