The runoff election for Gwinnett’s County Commission district 4 is over, but DA Danny Porter continues to investigate the anonymous campaign waged against the winner Kevin Kenerly. Porter told the AJC he has two full time investigators looking into the matter. The AJC also reports:
Results of a July 19 search warrant unsealed this week show Porter and his investigators were interested in Rosser early in the investigation.
Rosser’s campaign contribution disclosures show she used a company called ABC Direct Marketing to help distribute her campaign literature. ABC Direct is the same company that bulk-mailed voters three beatkevin.com ads, one of which included hidden-camera video of Kenerly gambling with developers in Las Vegas. McKinney has admitted hiring a private investigator to shoot the video.
Investigators contacted ABC owner Chris Cawthon, who “admitted having knowledge of the Kenerly mailers but refused to reveal their origin,” according to a search warrant issued for ABC Direct. Repeated attempts by AJC Gwinnett News to reach Cawthon have been unsuccessful.
Porter said the search of ABC Direct turned up evidence that one of Rosser’s campaign volunteers opened a bulk-mail account for beatkevin.com at McKinney’s request. Porter said the volunteer also deposited money with the U.S. Postal Service to pay the bulk mail costs for beatkevin.com. Court records show the deposits totaled more than $10,000.
Stein said Friday the campaign volunteer Porter cited played an “innocuous role” in the campaign.
“They are making her guilty by association,” Stein said of Rosser.
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