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.