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Former Georgia ethics commission staff attorney sues the agency, claims damage to reputation

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ATLANTA — A former Georgia ethics commission staff attorney is suing the agency.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/1p7veFg) Elisabeth Murray-Obertein, who already received $477,500 in a whistleblower settlement, filed the lawsuit this week in Fulton County Superior Court.

She says statements made by former agency director Holly LaBerge have ruined her reputation and kept her from getting a new job. The lawsuit says that in interviews with media outlets LaBerge blamed many of the agency's problems on Murray-Obertein.

The state has already paid more than $3 million in settlements to former commission employees who claimed they faced retaliation as they pursued an investigation into complaints about Gov. Nathan Deal's 2010 campaign. LaBerge was fired last month.

Attorney General Sam Olens' office told the Daily Report he had no comment (http://bit.ly/1wKEksm).

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