This is a bit backwards, but it looks like former congressman Pat Swindall has been indicted in connection with illegal campaign contributions during a 2007 Atlanta city council race.
A press release from Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd was just issued in response “to the indictment of Atlanta Real Estate Investor/Developer Pat Swindall and two of his business associates in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.”
We’ve no official word from the Fulton County D.A.’s office.
“I am pleased to see this action taken by the Grand Jury. In my testimony to them yesterday, I confirmed the fact that I was not involved or aware of the alleged contribution scheme,” said Councilwoman Sheperd. “It is important for the people of District 12 to know that I would never accept contributions in exchange for political favors, and I plan to return the campaign contributions, which totaled $8,000, to the State of Georgia.”
Swindall was a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives whose political career ended with a perjury conviction arising out of a federal money-laundering investigation.
In 2007, Dale Russell with WAGA (Fox) reported that two men claimed to have helped Swindall the contributions to Sheperd. The men said Swindall wrote an $8,000 check to be divided up into eight individual checks of $1,000.
Swindall denied any wrongdoing, and said he was the victim of an extortion attempt.
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