In the article, Capitol Impact says Taylor transferred most of the loan to his campaign but did not reveal in his campaign financial report that the money came from Albany Bank & Trust. Taylor, however, did report that he received a $1,000 campaign donation in December from Paul Joiner, who was identified as the chief credit officer for Albany Bank & Trust.
“Like most banks, assets and an individual’s credit history provide the basis for any loan qualification,” Taylor spokesman Rick Dent wrote in an e-mail response.
In a separate statement, Taylor’s campaign said: “It is clear we are pulling way ahead of Cathy Cox now, because here come the attacks. First, Cathy claims Mark is so rich that he is going to buy the election. Now Cathy says Mark is so poor he can’t get a bank loan. She can’t make up her mind.”
Also today, Taylor’s campaign took a shot at Cox’s latest television advertisement that started airing Sunday. In the ad, Cox is seated in a classroom, saying, “It’s a governor’s job to make sure every child leaves high school ready for college or tech school. By demanding better performance from our schools protecting HOPE scholarships, we will give our children the education they deserve.” A narrator says Cox “protected the HOPE scholarship as a legislator.”