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Resource ID: #14539
Subject: City Government
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Date: 1997-04-27



The story detailed how thousands of dollars worth of free sports and concert tickets given to Atlanta's elected officials landed on the black market. Articles described how a city councilwoman helped a close friend and business partner get hundreds of tickets which he later sold and traded for profit. He also sold access to luxury stadium boxes controlled by the government authority overseeing the Atlanta Braves stadium. The friend provided the councilwoman, Sheila Martin Brown, with trips to casinos, hundreds of dollars worth of cellular phone use passed on from a ticket client, and $3,500 provided by another ticket client to help pay for a trip to Africa. The articles also highlighted a lack of controls on the flow of free tickets to government officials (the mayor got $24,000 worth of tickets annually; the chairman of the Fulton County Commission $12,100).

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