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Kemp Admits “Fraud and Abuse and Theft” Was Anticipated
After Gov. Brian Kemp’s $350 “Kemp card” assistance program’s rollout was exposed in a joint report by Axios and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a bungled, disastrous, and potentially illegal mess affecting “tens of thousands” of Georgians, Kemp defended his election-year gimmick.
Kemp: “We’re very proud of the rollout…I’m not concerned about any legal issues,” while attempting to dodge accountability by claiming “you’re gonna have fraud and abuse and theft” with programs that are doling out government funds.
LISTEN: Kemp Defends Disastrous “Kemp Card” Rollout
More: Less than two months before Election Day, Kemp announced he was using funds from Democrats’ American Rescue Plan (a package he had opposed) to send $350 to Georgians. The governor said this was needed because of inflation.
Thousands of Georgians are still having trouble accessing and using the funds. Many have reported their identities have been compromised and funds stolen off the cards. Georgians are also reporting that many stores, like Dollar Tree and Walmart, won’t accept the “Kemp cards.”
The “Kemp cards” came after the governor cut off pandemic food stamp support, which was providing 770,000 Georgians about $100 in food support every month. Kemp said that due to a strong economy, people didn’t need extra help.
Axios: Inside the messy rollout of Kemp’s $350 payments to Georgians:
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