Democrat Stacey Abrams accused of using nonprofit to violate campaign finance laws
Democrat Stacey Abrams is being accused of using a nonprofit to act as a political committee during the 2018 elections where she was running for governor. It reportedly should have registered with the state AND informed about how much money it raised and spent. It appears that it did not, according to a report by AJC.
David Emadi, the executive director of the commission, also raised questions about whether the New Georgia Project Action Fund — which is affiliated with another nonprofit Abrams founded but no longer leads, the New Georgia Project — illegally coordinated with her campaign.
Emadi said the investigation of Abrams’ campaign and groups that backed her unsuccessful bid for governor in 2018 is ongoing and that he had not yet determined whether coordination between the organizations occurred. Under state law, so-called “independent” committees can work to help get people elected but are not allowed to coordinate their activities with a candidate.
Abrams lost her election to Brian Kemp, by a very small margin, and has since been outspoken against the results. It seems like she is still mad about losing and she's even gone on record to speak out against the electoral college.
The new details about Emadi’s investigation became public during a commission meeting in which lawyers for the New Georgia Project and the New Georgia Project Action Fund asked the panel to quash subpoenas for records including insurance policies, bank statements and campaign materials.
But it gets better. The report continues, suggesting that there was campaign finance laws being violated.
“This appears to be a fishing expedition,” said Aria Branch, a lawyer representing the two nonprofits. “That is not allowed under the commission’s rules.”
The commissioners rejected the request, and the commission’s chairman, Jake Evans, said there was enough evidence to suggest the groups may have violated campaign finance laws.
Stacey Abrams has been outspoken on her loss, but looks like she's got something else to talk about, like breaking the law.
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