From the Savannah Morning News, Big donations to congressional hopeful Wright McLeod questioned:
Doubts have surfaced whether big donations to congressional hopeful Wright McLeod came from the people he says they did.
The Augusta attorney is one of four Republicans vying for a chance to take on 12th District incumbent Democrat John Barrow. [. . .]
The campaign of another GOP contender, Augusta businessman Rick Allen, says it views several donations to McLeod of $2,500 — the most allowed by law — as “questionable.”
Allen campaign manager Scott Paradise raised the possibility that listed donors may have been reimbursed for checks they wrote a campaign.
That practice, which is illegal, conceals the real source of the money and sometimes allows an end run around the $2,500 limit.
Meanwhile, a complaint by Allen against McLeod involving other issues is pending before the Federal
There are enough details in the SMN piece to raise some legitimate questions about $2500 donors with ties to other supporters or who would seem very unlikely to make a political contribution of that size.
In a separate Savannah Morning News column, Larry Peterson says that McLeod is “hiding the ball” regarding his campaign’s response to the previous FEC complaints.