November 16, 2022
  • November 16, 2022

Report: Stacey Abrams funnels millions to campaign president’s law firm

By on October 24, 2022 0

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams’ advocacy group paid $9.4 million in legal fees to a law firm owned by the gubernatorial candidate’s campaign chair.

The group, Fair Fight Action, paid the seven-figure sum between 2019 and 2020 to a company where Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams’ campaign chair and close friend, is one of two partners. The payments were part of Abrams’ $25 million legal campaign to challenge Georgia’s election laws, an effort largely overruled by a federal judge last month.

Additional payments made over the past two years are not yet publicly available, Politics reported:

The company received $9.4 million from Abrams’ group, Fair Fight Action, in 2019 and 2020, the latest years for which federal tax returns are available. Lawrence-Hardy declined to comment on how much his company raised from Fair Fight Action in 2021 and 2022 — years in which Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger, for whom Lawrence-Hardy was lead counsel, had most of his activity in the courtroom.

Fair Fight Action argued the lawsuit — which ended last month when a federal judge ruled against the group on the remaining three claims — played a significant role in drawing attention to voting inequalities. .

But some outside the group have questioned both the level of spending on a single, largely unsuccessful lawsuit, and the fact that such a large payment was made to the office of the close friend and president of Abrams campaign. These concerns were reinforced by the fact that Abrams’ national campaign against voter suppression galvanized the Democratic Party, many of whose major donors helped fill its coffers.

This isn’t the first time Abrams has been caught up in suspicious financial dealings. Abraham received $150,000 from an obscure company with no online presence and sits on the board of a foundation that gifted thousands of dollars to an anti-Israel activist who supports terrorists.

Abrams filed a lawsuit against Georgia’s election laws after losing the 2018 gubernatorial race by more than 50,000 votes to current Gov. Brian Kemp (R.). With nearly two weeks to go until the election, Abrams trails Kemp by 6.3 points, according at FiveThirtyEight.