The kerfuffle (Jim Galloway owns a trademark on that word, I think) over the Senate Republican Caucus’ decision to transfer their money to a “Independent” expenditure group managed by a North Carolina political consultant with close ties to one major Georgia based consultant (who, in turn, has close ties to Senate Leadership) is not going away quietly.
Brandon Beach, challenger to Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, fires the following salvo via press release:
Alpharetta, GA – July 13, 2012. Brandon Beach, Candidate for State Senate District 21, is questioning his opponent’s campaign funding. Beach wants Senator Chip Rogers to make public a copy of a certified bank statement showing the amount of money in his campaign account.
Rogers’ political and personal financial affairs have been circumspect throughout his tenure as Senator. The unexplained disappearance of his hotel loan debt coupled with his maneuvers that led to the Senate Caucus paying his wife’s company for marketing materials are just two of Rogers’ attempts to avoid transparency. Beach said, “This type of behavior is unacceptable and erodes public trust”.
Beach, who has made transparency the centerpiece of his campaign, insists that his opponent’s behavior is not honorable or ethical. Recently, the Republican Senate Caucus funneled $140,000 to a newly created PAC which funded seven mail pieces for Senator Rogers. Beach said, “I have to question whether Senator Rogers really has $291,000 in his campaign account. If he truly has $291,000 in his account why does he need to use Senate Caucus funds?” This and other inexplicable monetary mysteries could be settled if Rogers would share his financials with his constituency.