Atlanta Unfiltered has a well researched post up regarding the failure of Rashad Taylor, who was drawn into a House district with fellow Democrat Pat Gardner, to file the required campaign finance disclosures.
Seven times since 2008, Taylor has skipped filing disclosures of his personal or campaign finances, failing to report receiving at least $24,000 in political contributions, an analysis of donors’ disclosures shows. He turned in seven other disclosures late by several months or more.
Generally raising money isn’t in and of itself going to be politically damaging, so why not disclose it? Here, it is in part because the 24k came from the House Democratic Caucus*, which is a legally distinct entity from the Democratic Party of Georgia, and thus one that is limited to giving $2400 per election. So if he disclosed, not only would he likely bring an ethics complaint against himself, but one against the caucus, which would sully the reputation of Democrats across the state (yeah, yeah, I kn0w).
Another theory with not filing? He didn’t have an address in the redrawn district to use on the forms. According to Atlanta Progressive News (yeah, yeah, I kn0w), Taylor has lived all over the place (including much of 2011 in Maryland), but rarely in the district. The other problem with residency issues in his case, is that they serve as a hook with which to bring up his non-platonic relationship with former City of Atlanta school board president Khaatim El with whom Rashad was allegedly living. Rashad thinks that’s the entire point, and he ambushed his opponent in a parking lot to tell her so (link below)
All for a job that pays 17k/year.
* Note that though the House caucus did not necessarily give money directly to the campaign of Taylor, their expenditures were often made on his behalf and thus should be considered in-kind contributions and disclosed as such.