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January 15, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Georgia House Speaker Terry Coleman has reimbursed his campaign $38,000 in mortgage payments that he made with political contributions.

A spokeswoman for the speaker -- Allison Manning -- said  the payment is intended to resolve a complaint filed against Coleman with the State Ethics Commission. The complaint alleges that the Democrat from Eastman improperly converted campaign money to his personal benefit by using it to make monthly payments on his condominium in Atlanta since 1997. The complaint has been pending since March 2001.

Manning says Coleman paid back his campaign before the November election to "make sure that everything is done correctly." The executive secretary of the Ethics Commission -- Teddy Lee -- declined to say whether the agency has reached a settlement with Coleman. He says the matter has not come before the commission for resolution yet.

Coleman's condo is one of 16 purchased by state legislators at the Landmark in downtown Atlanta. It belongs to Nameloc -- a company controlled by Coleman that runs two Huddle House restaurants in middle Georgia.

posted at 10:40AM by dave.miller@walb.com