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Georgia Gubernatorial Nominee Tied To Anti-Police Groups Dumps Over $520k Into Private Security

Atlanta, GA –Democratic Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams has doled out over $520,000 for private security since she launched her most recent run for governor late last year, despite her ties to a foundation demanding police be defunded.

Abrams, who lost her last run as Georgia governor, paid out a total of $520,612.57 for “security services” between December 14, 2021, and April 20, the New York Post reported.

Records of her overall campaign finance expenditures – including the 11 payments to Executive Protection Agencies – were released by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission, according to the news outlet.

Conversely, Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s campaign has spent $31,396 for “IT/Consulting/Security,” which his press secretary, Tate Mitchell, said was utilized for “cybersecurity and IT support services,” the New York Post reported.

Abrams is a board member for the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation, which has been open about its desire to defund the police, according to FOX News.

“Defund the police,” the foundation’s president and CEO, Carmen Rojas, tweeted in April of last year.

Abrams joined the foundation’s board in May of 2021.

Later that month, she and the rest of the board members unanimously voted to approve the “Answer the Uprising” campaign, which helped funnel funding to left-wing groups and organizations that advocate defunding law enforcement, FOX News reported.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation has awarded millions of dollars to scholars and professors who advocate prison abolition and anti-capitalist agendas, according to the news outlet.

In 2020, the foundation doled out grants to anti-police groups such as the Black Organizing Project, the Louisville Community Bail Fund, and the Movement for Black Lives.

Despite her role with the foundation, Abrams has insisted she does not want to defund the police and argued she has no control over the grants the organization awards, FOX News reported.

“Foundation bylaws prohibit board members from approving, supporting or opposing any potential grant,” her spokesperson, Alex Floyd, told the New York Post. “Foundation staff members determine the large number of grants awarded per year. No grant reflects or changes Stacey’s views.”

Abrams has accused Kemp’s campaign of creating a false narrative about her stance on the issue, according to the New York Post.

“I do not, and have never said, and have never supported defunding the police,” she said during an interview with Axios in June.

“We have to have a transformation of how we view the role of law enforcement, how we view the construct of public safety, and how we invest not only in the work that we need them to do to protect us but the work that we need to do to protect and build our communities,” Abrams said in June of 2020, according to FOX News. “And that’s the conversation we’re having: We’ll use different language to describe it, but fundamentally we must have reformation and transformation.”

When asked later that month if law enforcement budgets should be reduced, she agreed.

“We have to reallocate resources, so, yes,” she said, according to FOX News.

“If there is a moment where resources are so tight that we have to choose between whether we murder black people or serve black people, then absolutely: Our choice must be service,” she added.

Abrams further advocated for the “redistributive allocation of dollars” from law enforcement budgets, which she claimed would build “a safer public through education, through health care, through food security, through affordable housing,” FOX News reported.

The gubernatorial hopeful said the public needs to “not see these things as being in conflict, but they have to be part of a holistic vision of what America should look like, what law enforcement and what society should look like in the 21st century.”

Mitchell said Abrams has both supported and profited from the movement to defund police, the New York Post reported.

But Floyd denied those allegations.

“Stacey Abrams does not support defunding the police, and is a longtime supporter of investing in law enforcement, building community trust, and fostering law enforcement accountability,” Floyd told the New York Post.

During her interview with Axios, Abrams claimed she wants to raise the base pay for Georgia juvenile and adult correctional officers, state troopers, and community supervision officers to $50,000 per year.

She said she believes that “higher pay leads to fewer negative interactions and fewer use of force incidents.”

“When we make smart investments in our law enforcement, we get better officer recruitment, we get better retention, we get better interaction with the community and we get a safer Georgia,” Abrams told Axios.

She alleged that the grants and raises she is proposing would cost $116 million – a figure she said is reachable without bumping up taxes.

“Georgia has the money,” Abrams said. “What we have not had is the leadership willing to invest the money.”

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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