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Friday, January 9, 2009

State fines 9 gas stations for price-gouging, probes 200 | ajc.com

More at ajc.com: “Georgia regulators have fined nine gas stations so far and continue to investigate nearly 200 others over consumer complaints of price gouging when Hurricanes Gustav and Ike made fuel scarce last September.

Some of the stations have to refund money to customers who can prove with a receipt they bought gas during the price spike, while others have to pay up to $5,000 in fines to the state.

The stations are among 200 the state is investigating over complaints of unfairly raising gas prices after Gov. Sonny Perdue activated the state’s anti-gouging statutes Sept. 12, said Bill Cloud, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs.”

9 Georgians have given $50K each to inaugural | ajc.com

More at ajc.com: “Washington — President-elect Barack Obama has raised more than $24 million on the way toward paying for an inauguration that is expected to cost $45 million.

Nearly 50 Georgians have donated $250 or more for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration celebrations.

The list of donors published on the Web site of the official Presidential Inaugural Committee this week shows that nine Georgians have written checks for $50,000, the maximum allowed by the organizers.

Rod and Leslie Aycox of Alpharetta, who gave a combined $100,000, represented the Georgia household giving the most. Rod Aycox is chief executive officer of Select Management Resource.

A handful of Atlantans are also listed as fund-raisers who collected donations from friends and associates and “bundled” them together for the inaugural. Karol Mason, a lawyer with Alston & Bird LLP, is the most prolific bundler in the state so far. She had raised $155,000 as of the official disclosure Wednesday.”

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