Contributions to Brian Kemp’s leadership committee are facing new scrutiny and allegations of pay-to-play activity. Last night, a new report from FOX 5 Atlanta revealed a $50,000 contribution to Brian Kemp’s leadership committee from the CEO of a medical mariuana company, which came shortly after the company was chosen by the Access to Medical Marijuana Commission (who’s members were selected by the Governor, Lt. governor and Speaker of the House) as one of the six to grow and sell medical marijuna in Georgia.
Kemp is only able to take a contribution this large because of a bill he signed in secret giving himself exclusive access to a committee without contribution limits. In doing so, Kemp not only gave himself an unfair advantage against opponents on both sides of the aisle, but also provided himself a loophole from a thirty-year old ethics law prohibiting fundraising during the legislative session.
A Continued Pattern: This isn’t the first time Kemp’s contributions have been scrutinized. In 2018, an AJC investigation found he accepted over $325,000 in contributions from individuals and companies under his oversight as Secretary of State. Exactly how much Kemp raked in is unknown because he failed to properly fill out his disclosure, leaving out critical information for almost 40% of his donors who contributed a combined $2.7 million to his campaign.
At the time, critics said “such donations could undermine the credibility of one of the state’s top regulators” and two previous secretaries of state said they returned similar donations to comply with the law and avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. The AJC also reported that “the legality of some of these donations is in question.”
Read more on the shady dealings of Brian Kemp’s leadership committee below: