Stacey Abrams' 2018 Campaign Under Investigation
Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign is under investigation by Georgia's new Director of the Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. David Emadi -- who donated to Abrams’ opponent, Republican Governor Brian Kemp (who has a history of voter suppression accusations), in the 2018 race which she narrowly lost -- plans to subpoena bank records from Abrams’ campaign as well as groups that raised money to help her in the nationally watched contest. No officials detailed what the potential campaign finance violations were, and neither did Emadi. The Abrams campaign raised a record $27.6 million for her run for Governor; most donations came from across the country, many in small amounts, such as $5 or $10. “The Abrams campaign worked diligently to ensure compliance throughout the election and, had we been notified of any irregularities, would have immediately taken action to rectify them,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’ former Campaign Manager. She went on to say that Emadi “is using his power to threaten and lob baseless partisan accusations at the former Abrams campaign when they should be focused on real problems like the unethical ties between the governor’s office and voting machine lobbyists instead.” The Republican-controlled state legislature just approved a measure that would make the Peach State the first state in the country to rely entirely on electronic voting machines, called ballot-marking devices. Democrats argued it would make the state’s elections susceptible to hacking and tampering. Emadi says the ethics commission also has active investigations ongoing into complaints made against "all" the candidates for Atlanta Mayor who ran in 2017, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Abrams is set to decide soon if she will run for president, challenge Republican Senator David Perdue, or opt for a rematch against Kemp in 2022. More here.