The goal of the e-filing project was to give citizens better access to ethics disclosure forms and automate the past method of paper filing. City officials, employees, and candidates will now be able to fill out reports online, allowing for increased productivity and less paperwork for the City.
An added search feature enables the public to review online the assets and income sources of city officials and employees as well as the campaign contributions made to candidates and their campaign committees. Ethics officer Ginny Looney describes her thoughts on the e-filing system, “The public search feature of the e-filing system is a powerful tool that arms citizens with vital facts about the way our city operates. With this information, citizens are empowered to make more informed decisions in voting and to hold public officials accountable for their actions.” For example, citizens can view in .PDF format the campaign finance data of candidates for municipal office in this year’s elections, determine the candidates who have received contributions from specific developers and city contractors, and discover which city employees earned income in 2004 from companies doing business with the City. The disclosure forms may be viewed online at https://apps.atlantaga.gov/efile/search.asp.
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