A major “‘politically connected firm” with ties to Loeffler has received over $40 million from state for coronavirus relief after securing no-bid contract
ATLANTA — A new report from Georgia Health News reveals that a “politically connected” Georgia firm with ties to both Senator Kelly Loeffler and her top political patron Governor* Brian Kemp has received over $40 million from the state government for coronavirus relief after being awarded a no-bid contract in March.
The firm’s chairman and CEO Richard Jackson alongside “his companies, employees and immediate family members” has given around $1 million to mostly Republican candidates since 2010 — including a recent donation to Loeffler’s campaign from Jackson himself.
One Georgia ethics watchdog said the no-bid deal with a major Republican campaign donor “reeks of a payoff,” pointing out that six months after the crisis began, the state still has not opened up the process to allow other companies to make a bid — “the type of thing that erodes public trust in governance.”
But ethical scandals and potential conflicts of interest are nothing new for Loeffler. In addition to her infamous coronavirus stock trading, Loeffler has been described as “a walking conflict of interest” thanks to her ties to her old firm ICE whose regulator she now oversees in Congress while sitting on a committee that serves as “an overseer of the overseers of the company that made her rich.”
“Once again, Senator Kelly Loeffler has found herself caught up in yet another ethical scandal as she continues to put herself and her campaign first in a crisis,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Conflicts of interest are nothing new to Loeffler, but even in the middle of a pandemic, one of her major donors is still involved in a situation that ‘reeks of a payoff’ with coronavirus relief funds while Georgia families are suffering.”
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Georgia Health News: Politically connected firm earning millions in state COVID contract