Just In: Stacey Abrams Is Officially Under Investigation
Stacey Abrams, the failed Georgia Democrat candidate for Governor just got hit with some bad news. The debt ridden candidate who initially refused to concede her loss in the race is now officially under investigation. The Daily Caller is reporting:
The Georgia state ethics commission will subpoena bank records from Stacey Abrams’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign and several other groups that raised money to help her candidacy.
David Emadi, a former Douglas County prosecutor who became director of the state ethics commission Monday, announced on Thursday that he will soon subpoena Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign, various political action committees and special interest groups that supported her failed campaign, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The director of the ethics commission went on to say “What I can say about the investigation into the Abrams campaign is in the relatively near future, I expect we will be issuing subpoenas for bank and finance records of both Miss Abrams and various PACs and special-interest groups that were affiliated with her campaign,”
One thing that Emadi did not clarify is what exactly Abrams is under investigation for. We do know that the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission, is responsible for investigating lobbying expenditures, vendor grift and campaign finance. The Commission also has the power to issue consequences for any violations found regarding those specific issues.
The Daily Caller went on to say:
Because there were over a dozen “independent groups” in support of Abrams 2018 campaign, most of them funded by out-of-state donors, Emadi said the investigation will take time as the Commission meticulously reviews all of the reports.
News of the investigation comes as Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House, mulls not only a 2020 Senate bid in Georgia, but also a possible run for the White House. Her failed gubernatorial campaign against now-Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp drew national attention, and she has remained in the national spotlight as she continues to claim, without evidence, that Kemp used his former position as Georgia Secretary of State to maliciously tilt the election in his favor.
“This new ethics investigation into Stacey Abrams is just the latest episode of her skirting the rules to further her personal political ambitions. This cloud of scandal will linger as she decides whether to embark on another failed campaign,” Nathan Brand, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, stated Thursday.
And if that isn’t enough, amazingly, Democrat legislators in the State of Georgia want to make it law that whenever a man “releases sperm from his testicles” – he is legally required to report the incident to the county sheriff or local law enforcement agency. Still think this is a joke? It is not:
The bizarre legislation, HB 604, was introduced by Reps. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta), Renitta Shannon (D-Decatur), Donna McLeod (D-Lawrenceville), Sandra Scott (D-Rex) and Dar’Shun Kendrick (Democrat) this month. This is not the first waste of time for the Georgia legislature put forth by Kendrick, however (she acknowledges it can never pass and is a waste of time).
Shortly before a state Senate panel approved another proposal (HB 481) to ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a bill known as the “heartbeat abortion ban,” these four rolled out their “wasted sperm” bill to basically mock the abortion measure.
Kendrick told Rolling Stone she’s aware that her measure has little chance of passing (it’s already past the deadline for submitting new legislation), but she said it is meant to call attention to the “absurd” double standard women are being held to.
Kendrick also posted a “testicular bill of rights” on her Twitter feed. The “legislation” would force men to obtain permission before they obtain Viagra or “any erectile dysfunction medication,” ban vasectomies in the state, and make it a crime of “aggravated assault” for men to have sex without condoms.
The state representative acknowledged that she was being vindictive in response to the “heartbeat abortion ban.” “Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my ‘testicular bill of rights’ legislative package. You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done!”
Ggggooooodddd morning! Introducing my "testicular bill of rights" legislative package. You want some regulation of bodies and choice? Done! pic.twitter.com/5E8HBRSc9l
— Dar'shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) March 11, 2019
Kendrick also wrote an op-ed for Newsweek headlined “You want our wombs? We’re coming for your testicles.”
There are some that say “this isn’t a laughing matter” and they are right! Yet, HB 481 was rushed through the committee process, brought on the floor late into the hours of Crossover Day when bills have to pass to the other chamber, and passed the Georgia House of Representatives. So I agree it’s not a laughing matter—but neither is the government telling me when I must have a child.
HB 481 is not done. It’s in the Georgia Senate as I write this opinion. It can still be stopped, I believe. So whether I actually file my “testicular bill of rights” or not, I will continue to work with the Senate to try to stop this heinous, unconstitutional measure that attacks women’s core rights to privacy and family planning. I was elected by 54,000 Georgians to fight for their interests—and I will continue to do so no matter what stands in my way.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who lost in 2018, decried HB 481, dubbing it the “forced pregnancy bill.”
Today, HB 481—effectively banning abortion in GA—passed out of committee on a party & gender line vote. Every male senator on #GaSciTechCmte voted for the bill.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 18, 2019
“Today, HB 481—effectively banning abortion in GA—passed out of committee on a party & gender line vote,” she wrote on Twitter. “Make no mistake: #HB481 is not a “heartbeat” bill—it is a forced pregnancy bill, and it must be stopped.”