The Georgia Republican Party filed another ethics complaint Tuesday against Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, accusing him of accepting illegal campaign contributions from his father’s businesses.
Between 2004 and 2005, Taylor received a total of $25,000 in donations from two businesses controlled by his father, Fred Taylor, for his gubernatorial race, public records show.
A state law, which went into effect on Jan. 9, prohibits affiliated businesses from cumulatively giving more than $5,000 to a candidate for a primary or general election.
Republicans filed a similar complaint against Taylor last month, alleging he took $35,000 in illegal campaign contributions last year from a Columbus car dealer.
“The Taylor campaign is a habitual violator when it comes to taking illegal campaign contributions,” said Robert Highsmith, a lobbyist and former Ethics Commission member who served as a lawyer in Gov. Sonny Perdue’s administration. “Accepting illegal money is the most serious ethics violation that the State Ethics Commission enforces.”