Political Insider carried a story this morning of a campaign donor to Nathan Deal who brought an ethics complaint against Jason Carter for a fundraiser invitation sent during the Georgia Legislative Session for an event being held after the session concluded. That rule exists so that legislators and constitutional officers aren’t tempted to grant favor to those that give them money.
So I ask you, what’s more concerning to you, an event after session benefiting the party (Carter’s event), or an event during session benefiting the Republican Governor’s Association, which is is just a group that turns around and buys media for Republican Governors?
I speak, of course, of the “Traffic Tie-Ups: By Ice or By Vice” lecture series that Chris Christie and Nathan Deal presented for close friends, and by that I mean it was 25k to be a co-chair. Who ponied up for that? Well it was companies like Flowers Foods and Select Management Resources, LLC. Man, that last one rings a bell, what do they do? Why they are Payday Lenders. Who else? Comsouth, Cox Enterprises and various alcohol distributors. I bet absolutely none of them had any interest in what was going on during session. Here’s the whole RGA Q1 disclosure, pay special attention to the early March gives.
So who of interest is on the DPG event? Michael Stipe, an economist, someone who might be a model, and others names I don’t recognize. Which of the above strikes you more as a threat to the integrity of the democracy?
Update: It seems that the Carter campaign has responded:
Gov. Deal today refused to reject this frivolous complaint filed by his major donor. As a result, the Carter for Governor campaign is counter-filing with two complaints against Gov. Deal. The first concerns the RGA fundraiser that Gov. Deal held during the legislative session. The second concerns an invitation to a Deal for Governor fundraiser that Gov. Deal’s campaign sent during the legislative session.
So that’s interesting, it appears Deal’s campaign sent out invitations to a fundraising BBQ during session. They were marked paid for by Deal for Governor and solicited donations to the Governor’s campaign. That’s probably a violation. Interestingly, it appears this was an event set up by Deal’s campaign staff, as opposed to the Carter event, which was not.
Both complaints are available here: www.carterforgovernor.