Political blogger Bill Simon has filed a complaint against Republican candidate for governor Karen Handel with the State Ethics Commission, alleging that she illegally paid $13,200 to advisors of her gubernatorial campaign with money raised as a candidate for secretary of state.
Read the entire complaint here, but here’s the heart of the allegation:
Because Karen Handel did not wish to announce her candidacy for governor until after the 2009 Session of the Georgia General Assembly (as per Steve Handel’s December 12, 2008 e-mail), and because she could not raise money for governor until after she registered her campaign committee, she had no funds in which to pay any consultant or staff to work on her campaign for governor.
So, she unlawfully used funds from her Secretary of State’s account to finance the first 3 months of her campaign for governor.
Actually, Handel announced her campaign for governor in January 2009, during an impromptu session with reporters on the eve of