The state Ethics Commission has subpoenaed a pair of insurance companies under investigation for funneling money to John Oxendine’s gubernatorial campaign.

Stacey Kalberman, the ethics panel’s executive secretary, said Thursday the subpoenas were issued to Rome-based State Mutual Insurance Company and the Admiral Life Insurance Company. The subpoenas demand bank records, correspondence, documents and e-mails.

Georgia law prohibits officials from taking money directly from companies they regulate or from passing money through political action committees to get around contribution caps.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that the companies funneled almost 10 times the legal limit to Oxendine, the state’s insurance commissioner, using the PACs.

Rome News Tribu