Khaatim El, David Dorsey Fund Brown’s APS Campaign
(APN) ATLANTA — In the five-person race to elect a replacement for former Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El (District 2), El has indicated which candidate he is supporting, with his dollars: Angela Brown’s October 2011 disclosure shows a 500 dollar donation from El.
In addition, Brown’s disclosure shows a 125 dollar donation from David Dorsey, who recently resigned from the APS BOE Ethics Commission.
As previously reported by APN, Dorsey resigned from the Ethics Commission to protect El from being found guilty of ethics violations related to El’s acceptance of pro bono public relations services from Alisias, while El had recommended Alisias for an APS contract.
Dorsey wrote in a letter of resignation that it was clear that El had violated the law, but that he believed El was acting in the best interests of the children and that it was not in the interest of APS to have El removed. Therefore, Dorsey wrote that it was better to resign from the Board then to find El guilty.
Incidentally, the resignation of Dorsey and three other members rendered the Commission incapable of functioning and it was subsequently disbanded, with ethics cases against El, Courtney English, Yolanda Johnson, and Nancy Meister pending.
APS recently took steps to re-constitute the Ethics Commission, to include members nominated by outside organizations instead of by Board Members themselves.
Brown also reported a donation of 500 dollars from “Frient of Vicient Fort” [sic], that is, State Sen. Vincent Fort, who was instrumental in the takeover of the Board by El and the Gang of Five.
Candidate Dwanda Farmer reported donations from two previous candidates for elected office.
Shelitha Robertson, who ran for City Council Post 3-at-large in 2009 and Fulton County Superior Court Judge in 2010, gave Farmer 150 dollars.
Keisha Waites, who ran for City Council District 12 in 2009 and Fulton County Commission District 6 in 2010, gave Farmer 300 dollars.
Farmer also received a 250 dollar donation from Noel Khalil, a developer.
Candidate Donald Walker reported four donations.
Candidates Byron Amos and Michael Jeter failed to report on time.