Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CoastLines

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CoastLines

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QUOTE, UNQUOTE

"We've been able to stumble along without their enlightened

help."

-- Dewey Benefield, an executive with the Sea Island Co.,

opposing a coastal management program, claiming a federal agency

wants Georgia to join the project because its absence is an

embarrassment. Story on this page.

`SECRET OPERATIVES'

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed a Federal

Election Commission complaint yesterday charging that Republican

U.S. Senate candidate Guy Millner concealed "secret operatives"

on his campaign disclosure reports.

A Millner campaign aide dismissed the complaint, saying it was

a payback to his Democratic opponent, Max Cleland, from 1992

presidential candidate Bob Kerry, who chairs the committee.

The complaint says Millner failed to itemize $500,000 in his

payroll accounting for campaign workers. The Senatorial Campaign

Committee says the purpose was to conceal who is getting paid by

"funneling the money through a third party," added spokeswoman

Kate Jeffrey .

Millner staffers argue the filing is politically motivated and

that their candidate followed the FEC rules.

"It's political games by professional politicians," said

Millner press secretary Stuart Roy. "Cleland took a chance and

endorsed him [Kerry] for president. It's just the Democratic

Party trying to pay him back," Roy said.

-- Elisabeth Lawrence Viele

FLOOD INDICTMENT

A federal grand jury has indicted a company that obtained a

federal contract to provide temporary housing for Albany

residents driven from their homes by the 1994 Flint River flood.

The 97-count indictment, returned last week in Savannah,

includes charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering

in connection with $821,551 in payments from the Army Corps of

Engineers, the U. …

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