Gay GOP group’s ethics complaint about mayor’s race thrown out

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The Georgia Ethics Commission has tossed a complaint the Georgia Log Cabin Republicans made accusing the Democratic Party of Georgia of “campaign mischief” during last year’s Atlanta mayoral campaign runoff.

Jamie Ensley, president of Georgia Log Cabin Republicans, filed the complaint in December, just days after Mary Norwood conceded the race to Keisha Lance Bottoms. Ensley served as Norwood’s campaign treasurer.

Ensley and the GOP group alleged that Georgia Democrats violated campaign finance rules by attaching the names of House Minority Leader Bob Trammell and state Sen. Nan Orrock to the bottom of mailers that accused Norwood of being a closet conservative.

In a June 19 letter to Trammell, the commission smacked down the complaint and said the mailers did not violate state law. 

“The in-kind contribution at issue fits squarely within the contribution limitation exception” under Georgia law, the letter stated. “The in-kind contribution was made by a political party and supported a group of named candidates.”

Trammell called Ensley's complaint “totally frivolous.” 

“The commission’s dismissal of the complaint shows that the complaint was totally frivolous and wholly without basis,” Trammell told Project Q Atlanta.

The Georgia Log Cabin Republicans made news recently for saying the “liberal bullying” of Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A should end and encouraged a “buycott” of the restaurant chain. Ensley also said that LGBTQ equality in the U.S. had largely been accomplished.

(h/t AJC)


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