Hank Johnson’s campaign paid rent to his own law firm and it wasn’t cheap.
A Majority Accountability Project (majorityap.com) review of the freshman Democrat’s financial disclosure forms, filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), found that Johnson began paying Johnson and Johnson Law Group in Decatur, GA, $1500 a month in “rent for campaign headquarters” in April, 2007. Johnson practiced civil and criminal law at Johnson and Johnson for more than 30 years, where he was a partner with his wife, Mereda Davis Johnson.
A search of business records in the state of Georgia revealed that Johnson and Johnson Law Group was dissolved October 17, 2007, but Johnson again paid the firm a month later.
The campaign also pays rent to a partner at Mrs. Johnson’s new law firm.
Despite maintaining the most expensive campaign office in Georgia’s Congressional delegation, Johnson’s campaign committee reported he began paying another $350 a month to rent a “campaign HQ” from Jubilee Holdings in Lithonia, GA.
Jubilee Holdings is owned by Robert Burroughs, and its address is the law firm where Mrs. Johnson is now a partner. The firm, Burroughs Johnson Hopewell LLC, was formed July 1, 2007, after Mrs. Johnson ended her practice with her husband, citing his election to Congress.
Johnson’s campaign rent expense is the highest amongst Georgia’s Congressional Delegation and it’s the only campaign that pays rent on two offices.