The chief of the Georgia ethics commission said a nonprofit tied to Stacey Abrams acted as a political committee in order to aid her in her campaign for governor of Georgia. Abrams runs the New Georgia Project and New Georgia Project Action Fund . Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission Director David Emadi says that she used those charities to subsidize her campaign for governor.
It could get worse for Abrams. They are looking into whether the charities coordinated with the campaign, a much more serious violation of election law. This is not the first time Abrams has been accused of mishandling non profit funds. Her non profit Third Sector Development, for example, was discovered in February to have been slapped with three additional tax liens. that makes seven in total.
Emadi made it clear that the investigation is ongoing and they have not concluded whether or not the non profits coordinated with her campaign.The Abrams campaign refused to comment on the latest development and it is denying all the charges against Abrams…..again.
The ethics chief said the New Georgia Project and New Georgia Project Action Fund shared staffers and that the fund distributed literature and social media posts that promoted Abrams’ candidacy, according to AJC.
Campaign organizations that support or advocate on behalf of candidates are legally required to register with the state and provide reports of what they raised and spent. However, nonprofits like the New Georgia Project and New Georgia Project Action Fund are not held under the same level of financial transparency laws.
Emadi told the commission Wednesday that the nonprofit group acted as a political committee and should have been beholden to the same financial disclosure laws, the report continued.
Following the end of Abrams’ failed gubernatorial run, the Georgia ethics commission began investigating whether organizations that supported her campaign violated the law. The commission announced in April it would subpoena bank records from Abrams’ 2018 campaign and also several other groups that raised money to help her candidacy.