Outgoing Cherokee Commissioner Aims To Take A Few Out With Her

The ex-husband of a Cherokee County Commissioner has alleged she took violated the law in 2004. Hat Tip: Todd Rehm

Eddie Mahurin, the former husband and former campaign committee chairperson for Post 3 County Commissioner Karen Bosch, presented a notarized affidavit to Cherokee County District Attorney Garry Moss May 22, alleging Cherokee businessman Jimmy Bobo divided cash in front of him during Bosch’s 2004 campaign and put it in 10 separate envelopes on which he wrote different names.

According to Mahurin’s affidavit, Bobo indicated the $1,000 in cash was “a campaign contribution” for Bosch.

Nevermind that it took Mahurin 8 years to get around to mentioning this to the DA.

Bosch decided to fight back, not by taking on her ex-husband but by filing a complaint against the Tea Party Patriots.

The complaint is being brought upon The Tea Party Patriots Inc., (Deborah Ausbar) (Debbie Dooley) (Sally Olgar) (c/o Jenny Beth Martin).

“If they have a rogue organization, then they are going to have to deal with it, and they should,” Bosch told the Ledger-News.

The organization Bosch is referring to calls themselves the Canton Tea Party.

The Canton Tea Party is led by Carol Cosby who, in the wake of Mahurin’s allegations against Bosch, has called for a Grand Jury investigation. Cherokee DA Garry Moss says there might be such an investigation.

The people of Cherokee County will be pleased to know Karen Bosch is not seeking reelection.

The Bosch donations from Bobo point out the flaw in caps; there’a always easy ways to get around them.

Let me address one thing about campaign finance reporting requirements: Anonymous donations are not allowed under Georgia law. Even though a donation is received that is less that the $101 threshold for itemized reporting (now $100), candidates must still keep a record of who the donation came from. If that person gives you another donation which pushes their total above the threshold it must be listed with the itemized donations. The AJC reporter seemed confused about that.

According to state campaign laws, candidates do not have to record the names of contributors who give $100 or less, whether it’s cash or check.

We absolutely do “have to record the names of contributors who give $100 or less, whether it’s cash or check.”


  1. Napoleon says:

    If Bosch is basing her complaint against the Canton Tea Party on a $1,000 threshold like the article says, she is wasting the Commission’s time. The threshold for a PAC to have to file is $25,000 spent in donations to candidates. However, if they engage in any third party expenditures or ballot measures (say like the TSPLOST), then the first dollar they spend would require them to start reporting.

  2. debbie0040 says:

    Canton Tea Party has never received money from Tea Party Patriots and are a totally separate organization. They are not part of our legal structure in any way . According to Carolyn, they have not raised money for the purpose of fighting T-SPLOST and have not spent money fighting T-SPLOST.

    “What is a Ballot Committee? Ballot Committee or Statewide Referendum Committee is defined as “Any campaign committee which accepts contributions or makes expenditures designed to influence the passage of any statewide referendum, constitutional amendment, or ballot question in any county or municipal election.”

    When do Ballot Committees have to register and report in Georgia? Ballot Committees must register with the Commission immediately, but do not have to file CCDRs until the Ballot Committee has made contributions and/or expenditures (in the aggregate) of $500 or more.

    • saltycracker says:

      Few are crying over Bosch dropping out and the Canton Tea Party is a far cry from representing the ideals put forth by any tea party around. When cornered with their oddities they immediately claim to be individuals and anything one does or says has nothing to do with the “organization”.

      Calling one commissioner’s mess a smoking gun on the others is laughable.
      Campaigning to stop Sunday Sales from getting on the ballot ? individual decision of course…
      Press releases calling a commissioner that just got elected the ringleader of a solution gone bad is not constructive nor is portraying extraordinary jumps in donations to those they don’t like as suspicious. The ringleaders of the mess are gone but some of the duped are around.

      The jump in donations to Johnston & Hubbard & later Ahrens were probably by individual citizens that were concerned with lax land use around the times referred to by approving residential developments anywhere that would later drive property taxes dramatically up to cover public needs.

      I agree with a lot of national tea party interests but some Cherokee groups have their own agenda. Most residents would prefer to keep a cool head and let the chips fall.

  3. In fact – candidates may choose to disclose donations under $101 if they so desire, they just aren’t required to. Former Sen. Richard Marable of Rome told me a good story once about wanting to run for the state Senate but not being sure he’d have the money to qualify (or not wanting to pay himself). He said he walked around town asking people if they’d support him and by the end of the day had received enough small contributions to pay the qualifying fee.

    While that’s a quaint story, that just isn’t the world we’re living in anymore. Lot has changed in twenty years. Disclose everything on a 48 hour rolling basis, I say.

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