Signs such as the one above are popping up around Gwinnett’s Commission District Four as the anonymous war being waged against Commissioner Kevin Kenerly continues. The anonymous campaign, alleged to be orchestrated by local political consultant Bill McKinney, is spending big bucks. The source of these funds remains a mystery, but I suspect that secret will not remain one for much longer. McKinney is also alleged to be involved with the campaign of one of Kenerly’s opponents, Jodie Rosser.
A new development in this saga is the uncovering of the owner of the bulk mail permit being used to send out the anonymous mailings. As I mentioned before, permit #1402 was used to mail these anonymous mailpieces. Gwinnett activist Bob Griggs posted this on his website:
The DVDs were mailed on June 26 using Bulk Mail Permit #1402. That permit belongs to ABC Direct Marketing, P.O. Box 293, Grayson GA 30017, the mail house of Auveed and Chris Cauthon. Auveed is the daughter of Snellville Citizen Publisher Carolyn Bagheri. In fact, Chris himself signed in the 9,800 mail pieces at the post office.
ABC Direct Marketing has been used on numerous occasions by Bill McKinney and his clients to send campaign mailers. Commission Chairman Charles Bannister paid Auveed and Chris Cauthon over $40,000 for more than half a dozen mailers in 2004.
The mailer had a return address of “BeatKevin.com, P.O. Box 3172, Cumming, GA.” It could be argued that the Cauthons facilitated the distribution of a mailer that they knew or should have known violated the Ethics in Government Act, especially since, as I suspect, they received the content directly from Bill McKinney and not “Bob Walter” of Cumming. At the very least, the State Ethics Commission could start with the Cauthons if and when an investigation is initiated.
I have already pinned McKinney to the registration of the domain; the Cauthons could be compelled to provide information on the financing of this mailer.
What’s odd about Cauthon’s involvement is that the newspaper owned by his mother, displays an ad from Kevin Kenerly on it’s website. Furthermore, the Snellville Citizen (which also goes by the name Gwinnett Citizen) has often been harshly critical of Bill McKinney.
On the other hand, the Citizen‘s owner loathes Bob Griggs, which would explain the attempt to label Griggs as the source of the anonymous mailing by redirecting “beatkevin.com” to Griggs’ website.
I realize this is confusing, but Gwinnett politics often is. Loyalty is often non-existent as demonstrated by the fact that Kenerly hired McKinney earlier this year to find out who might be running against him. McKinney took the money even as he himself was searching for a candidate to challenge Kenerly (and then filed an ethics complaint when Kenerly failed to report the payment). In fact, McKinney approached me about taking Kenerly on
last year earlier this year.