ATLANTA – A Buford, Georgia lady has filed a marketing campaign finance criticism accusing Republican Labor Commissioner candidate Bruce Thompson of violating Georgia marketing campaign finance legal guidelines.
The FOX 5 I-Crew examined the allegations and located Thompson spent some $35,000 from his previous state Senate marketing campaign for his present Labor Commissioner race.
Jeri Tyler has two loves: boarding and feeding her present horses and reminiscing in regards to the former horse races she adopted, political horse races.
“I had a newspaper, and I used to be round politics loads,” mentioned Tyler
Tyler was the guts and soul of the Hog Mountain Herald till 1996.
Reporter: “You have been editor, writer and proprietor?”
Reporter: So, at coronary heart you’re a journalist?”
The previous journalist is now stepping again into the political recreation she so loves.
Tyler has filed a marketing campaign finance criticism in opposition to a statewide candidate working for Georgia Labor Commissioner, Bruce Thompson.
“I’m hoping the voters may have an opportunity to see what sort of particular person he’s,” Tyler mentioned.
Thompson has been a Republican State Senator out of White, Georgia since 2013. However, when Labor Commissioner Mark Butler introduced he was retiring, Thompson determined to run for his seat.
The I-Crew first reported on then State Senator Thompson through the top of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March 2020, Senator Thompson posted an image on Fb, telling individuals he’d been rushed to an intensive care unit with respiratory failure.
He mentioned he was identified with COVID-19.
Thompson promised, on Fb, on March 22, to “stay at house in self-quarantine for the fast future.”
Then Thompson drove to his seaside home on St. George Island, off the coast of Florida. Thompson informed individuals on Fb he had a clear invoice of well being.
“The audacity of a person, who had this illness a couple of days in the past, and got here right into a neighborhood that has been virus-free is irresponsible. I am simply past phrases,” Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith mentioned.
An outraged Florida sheriff, A.J. Smith, mentioned he would submit a deputy exterior Thompson’s seaside home to maintain him inside and shield the local people.
Thompson determined to come back house and by no means answered the FOX 5 I-Crew’s questions in regards to the incident.
Now, Thompson faces criticism about how he’s paying for his race for Georgia Labor Commissioner. Data which are simply discovered on the marketing campaign finance web site.
“If you understand the place to look it pops proper up. Anyone might discover it. Not simply me. Anyone who needs to take the effort and time might do that,” Tyler mentioned.
Jeri Tyler’s criticism alleges Thompson has illegally used donations from his state Senate marketing campaign for his labor commissioner race.
The regulation appears fairly clear. A candidate can solely use contributions for “that elected workplace for which these contributions have been acquired”
In different phrases, Thompson cannot take cash individuals gave him for his state senate marketing campaign and use it to run for labor commissioner.
“It seems clear the statute states one factor, and he’s doing one other,” mentioned Dr. Adrienne Jones.
Jones is an assistant professor of political science at Morehouse Faculty. FOX 5 requested her to overview the criticism. She mentioned it seems Thompson is violating the statute. She worries in regards to the monumental quantities of cash it takes to run campaigns within the fashionable political world, nonetheless.
“For an workplace like labor commissioner, or any elected workplace, what individuals are searching for is somebody who’s going to abide by the regulation. If it’s a violation of the foundations, it’s a violation which implies he both doesn’t know the regulation or is ignoring it consciously,” mentioned Jones.
When the I-Crew reviewed Thompson’s marketing campaign disclosures, it seems like he spent some $35,000 from his Senate account to pay three totally different individuals to work on his labor commissioner race.
“The purpose of the Labor Commissioner is to ensure Georgians are employed, so you do not need somebody who is not sincere with cash, is not sincere in their very own enterprise,” mentioned Jones.
Thompson didn’t need to do an interview however despatched FOX 5 an announcement calling the criticism a “baseless, final minute assault by a determined opponent who has led essentially the most ethically challenged and scandal plagued company in Georgia.”
When the I-Crew wrote again asking point-blank why he used Senate marketing campaign funds to pay for individuals engaged on his labor commissioner race, he referred it to his lawyer.
Jeri Tyler has a “Mike Coan for Labor Commissioner” sign up her entrance yard. He was deputy labor commissioner underneath Mark Butler and took a depart of absence to run for the job.
She mentioned she filed the criticism as a result of individuals in excessive locations must comply with the regulation.
Reporter: “Did you file this for him. Did you file this on his behalf?”
Tyler: “Probably not. Probably not. I’m doing this as a result of I’m prepared for our authorities to be clear.”
FOX 5 by no means heard from Thompson’s lawyer. Republican candidate Mike Coan wrote FOX 5 to say he is calling on Bruce Thompson to return the contributions he used from his Senate account to their rightful donors and take accountability for his misuse of marketing campaign funds.