The complaint alleges Taylor took $40,000 in campaign contributions from the businesses of (Carl) Gregory. Eight of Gregory’s car dealerships each contributed $5,000 for Taylor’s primary campaign, the legal limit from an individual or business.
Taylor’s campaign argues that the contributions were received in December 2005, and that the law didn’t change prohibiting multiple contributions from businesses owned by one person until January 2006.
However, (Robert) Highsmith and (Michael) Bowers say an ethics commission ruling in another case against Perdue in 2002 stated that such bundled contributions from affiliated companies are illegal.
Teddy Lee, who was the commission’s executive secretary in 2002, agreed, saying the commission ruled that such contributions aren’t allowed under state law.
However, he also said that, under commission rules, Taylor has to be given ample time to respond to the complaint, so it would be unusual for the commission to act as quickly as the Republicans would like.