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Hodges cleared of ethics complaint

December 1, 2006

Albany-  The State Ethics Commission has cleared Dougherty D.A. Ken Hodges of one of two campaign ethics complaints filed against him. One of the complaints filed by Citizen watchdog George Anderson of Rome alleged Hodges used campaign contributions for personal use. 

While that complaint was dismissed, the state ethics commission tabled a second complaint alleging Hodges inappropriately handled a $14,000 loan to his campaign. 

Hodges admits that when his campaign was low on money, he made a personal loan to the campaign and then paid himself back the $14,000, but he thinks the complaint will eventually be dismissed. 

"The second one stems from the way that it was accounted for so I think once the staff looks at it as well it will be dismissed. I don't have anything to hide, they're welcome to meet with me, I'll go see them, I'll show them everything that we have done,"  Ken Hodges, District Attorney. 

Hodges said his campaign finance chairman has met with the commission several times to clear up the misunderstanding.