A supporter of Meagan Hanson has filed an ethics complaint against Catherine Bernard alleging Bernard broke state campaign laws. The two are candidates in the May 24 Republican primary for House District 80.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Will Kremer, a supporter of candidate Meagan Hanson, filed the complaint. Hanson and Bernard are facing off in the GOP primary May 24 for the House District 80 seat currently held by Democrat Taylor Bennett. Also competing in the primary is Alan Cole. All three candidates live in Brookhaven.
From the AJC: “Will Kremer, former chairman of the Georgia Association of College Republicans, filed the complaint alleging that House District 80 candidate Catherine Bernard violated Georgia’s campaign finance laws by not fully disclosing how she has spent more than $8,000 in campaign funds over the past two years.” Kremer has canvassed for Hanson, according to the AJC.
UPDATE on May 10:
Catherine Bernard denied any wrongdoing in her campaign financing and said the “shamelessly dishonest ethics complaint” is part of the state GOP establishment trying to smear her name.
“The whole thing is made up,” she said, accusing Kremer of “shenanigans.”
“This is a huge, annoying distraction,” she said.
She also accused Kremer of being one of the “smirking, useless frat boys in the Georgia Republican Party” who are damaging the country.
“They have bet on the establishment lasting forever and are now watching it crumble,” she said, pointing to Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the GOP as the party’s presumptive presidential candidate.
She also said Kremer, of Forsyth County, has no connection to District 80 other than Hanson.
The most recent campaign disclosures show Hanson far outpacing Bernard and Cole in fundraising.
Hanson’s latest full campaign finance report, as of March 31, showed her raising over $48,000 and having almost $36,000 cash on hand. Contributors included several political action committees as well as incumbent state representatives John Carson (Marietta), Michael Dudgeon (Johns Creek), Chuck Efstration (Dacula), Allen Peake (Macon) and Betty Price (Roswell). Among the contributing PACs were those of the American Institute of Architects Georgia, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia.
Bernard had raised more than $14,000 and spent more than $9,700 as of the March 31 report, while Cole had raised $6,200, mostly in the form of a personal loan.