Indictments in Gwinnett.

From the AJC: Political consultant indicted on election law charges

A Gwinnett grand jury has indicted a political consultant on 29 counts of violating election laws and a charge of trying to illegally influence a witness.

Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter announced the charges against political consultant Bill McKinney this morning. Porter also said McKinney associate Nancy Allison Walter had been indicted on the 29 election law violations.

The election charges, all misdemeanors, accuse McKinney of illegally creating an independent campaign commitee, called beatkevin.com, and taking contributions without registering the commitee or disclosing its contributions and expenditures.

As to the other charge:

Porter said the charge of trying to influence a witness involved conversations between McKinney and Gwinnett Planning Commissioner Rico Figliolini, who is a printing broker in Gwinnett.

Porter said McKinney advised Figliolini to hire a lawyer and delay talking to prosecutors until after the election. When Figliolini said he could not afford a lawyer, McKinney offered to pay for one.

There will be more to this story, which I’ll bring to you as I get confirmation.

UPDATE #1: Who is Nancy Allison Walter, who was also indicted along with McKinney? A clue exists in the article Erick linked to earlier today:

McKinney said he used his cellphone and e-mail addresses to register the beatkevin.com because he didn’t want to run afoul of a federal law he said bars him from using false information to register a Web site. McKinney admitted he used the name of a “deceased friend” to register the site instead of his own name.

And then this:

McKinney said a relative of the deceased friend listed on the Web site helped open a checking account for beatkevin.com but was not involved in its activities.

11 comments

  1. LINDA says:

    Well, that is ok because the law for the establishment of campaign committees is biased against those that do not clearly know how to interpret the language. A good lawyer will be able to show discrimination against the defendant and the case will be closed.

  2. Demonbeck says:

    Wow, that is some impressive investigative journalism. Without PeachPundit, where would this have gone?

  3. LINDA says:

    Well it depends on who the influencer is. Don’t you know about our lopsided justice system? Look at our justice system in Georgia: Ray Lewis and a couple of fellow comrades were involved late at night in a confrontation in Atlanta where a couple of guys ended up knifed to death. Witnesses all went dumb in the court case, and Ray Lewis was not guilty! Ray Lewis then went on to win MVP in the Super Bowl! So this political felony is a piece of cake for a good lawyer.

  4. LINDA says:

    Why should campaign committee financing matter in Georgia? Politicians can hold SPLOST elections in all 159 counties, and totally ignore the law in how to conduct the elections. For instance, in Putnam County, politicians told Citizens that Georgia Power paid most of the sales taxes collected. Yeah, well duh the they were just remitting the sales taxes that consumers paid on their power bills. Politicans can make laudotory statements that 40% of all sales taxes collected are from people that do not reside in the respective counties. And you know what? The Ethics Department does not give a flip about the election violations because all government leaders care about is how much money can be brought in.

    Actually, I was being sarcastic with my very first comment. But in hindsight, it is not that far from the truth.

  5. LINDA says:

    No, there was one thing and one thing only that caused Ray Lewis to walk free and it was MONEY! Money buys witnesses that do not quite remember the facts.

  6. BB says:

    Wouldn’t it be great to see big bold headline in tomorrow’s AJC: McKinney Indicted on 29 Charges, 1 Felony. Then a picture of CMac related to another story next to the Gwinnett thing. One can dream.

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