B.J. VanGundy Goes On The Defense

Jim Galloway over at the AJC has some information from GAGOP chairman candidate and current GAGOP 2nd Vice Chairman B.J. VanGundy on his donation to his friends running as Democrats in DeKalb County:

In one case, I contributed money to a close friend of mine who happens to live in a solid Democrat district in DeKalb County, and had no Republican opponents.  In the other cases, contributions were made to a couple of DeKalb County Commissioners through, and on behalf of, my business, which is focused in the arena of providing process improvement and efficiency services.

You can read the rest of the statement over on Galloway’s Political Insider blog.

11 comments

  1. Napoleon says:

    Okay, so Mr. Van Gundy owns E2 Assure LLC (his name is the only one associated with the company on the SoS website, which gave $500 to Ellis and $100 to Dem Commissioner Lee May. There are no Republicans reporting a contribution from E2 Assure, LLC.

    But there is another company owned by Mr. Van Gundy, The Van Gundy Group. The Van Gundy Group gave Democratic State Rep. Michelle Henson $100 in 12/2007. The Van Gundy Group also gave $500 to the Georgia Republican Party that month, but nothing is showing up as a contribution to a GOP candidate. There is a chance that he gave to local candidates, because those candidates did not report to the state until 2012, but nothing to a legislative or statewide candidate.

    Looking at Mr. Van Gundy’s personal donations. There is a $242 contribution to DEMOCRAT DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon in 2012 while serving in his current position as GAGOP Vice-Chairman. Nothing to any Republicans nor to the Georgia Republican Party.

    There is also a bigger issue in the quote above. Basically Mr. Van Gundy seems to be saying is he is participating in a pay-to-pay scheme in DeKalb County with Democrats. As State Party Chairman, will Mr. Van Gundy continue to support the campaigns of Democrats like he has over the past 6 years?

    • Ed says:

      Dude, I know the DPG isn’t doing to well financially but are you really saying a couple $100 checks is a meaningful contribution?

      Really?

        • Ghost of William F Buckley says:

          Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
          Napoleon Bonaparte

  2. sethweathers says:

    Donations of a couple hundred dollars or less sounds like what someone would pay (on the low end) to attend an event with a County Commissioner. If the county is the end buyer of your product or service I see no wrong in making a contribution to get in front of the right person. It’s no different than paying to join the chamber of commerce so that you can interact with potential business clients.

    • John Cook says:

      It depends on whether there was a Republican candidate in any of the races, and whether two-thirds of the State Committee considers it a problem. Georgia Republican Party Rule 2.13 includes the following statements regarding State Officers: Cause for removal includes “. . . conduct detrimental to the best interests of the GRP. . .” and further states, “If a member of the State Committee, a District Committee, or a County Committee shall publicly advocate the election of another candidate for an office for which the Republican Party has nominated a candidate, that advocacy shall be cause for which that member may be removed from party office.” If they were going to take action, it would be already done.

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