FAA eyes report Atlanta used airport funds to pay lawyers

August 02, 2018 - 6:37 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into a report that Atlanta used airport funds to pay legal expenses arising from a grand jury investigating City Hall corruption.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that FAA regulations require that airport funds be spent on airport capital and operating expenses.

The newspaper reported in June that the city used airport funds to pay two law firms, Los Angeles-based Paul Hastings LLP; and Miami-based Greenberg Traurig.

In response to questions about why the money went to legal funds, city officials have said that Hastings is the city's outside counsel on airport matters, but they wouldn't comment regarding payments to Greenberg Traurig.

In a July 26 letter to the airport's interim general manager, an FAA compliance officer director says the newspaper article raises questions that the FAA must address.

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