Days away from facing a re-election runoff, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard agreed to pay a $6,500 state ethics fine for failing to disclose his role as CEO of two non-profits, one of which netted him $195,000 in city grant money.
The state ethics commission approved a consent agreement with Howard imposing the fine at a Capitol Hill meeting Thursday.
“We are satisfied with the terms of the consent order,” Frank Strickland, a lawyer representing Howard, told the commission.
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported earlier this year that Howard padded his pay with $195,000 of the $250,000 in grant money the city of Atlanta signed over to the DA’s Office in two checks. Those checks were then deposited into the bank account of Howard’s People Partnering for Progress nonprofit, which then wrote out checks to the DA over the next four years.