A Fulton County Superior Court judge has halted a scheduled hearing next week by the State Ethics Commission on State Mutual Insurance Company’s $120,000 political contributions to John Oxendine, current insurance commissioner and Republican candidate for governor in Georgia.
State Mutual filed a lawsuit earlier this month claiming the commission is too politically tainted to conduct an impartial investigation into contributions made by State Mutual and its subsidiary, Admiral Life Insurance Company of America, to political action committees.
The company also hoped to stop state ethics officials from exercising subpoena power over the companies. The Georgia Ethics Commission, which had slated a hearing into the matter for June 24, has posted a notice on its Web site cancelling its hearing.
State Mutual asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams to issue the order, which stays all proceedings relating to the case, until after the Superior Court conducts its own hearing.