Corrupt Georgia Voting Group Under the Microscope for Fraud

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Georgia Voter Registration Group Linked to Stacey Abrams and Senator Warnock Under Investigation for Financial Mismanagement

In a recent development, The New Georgia Project (NGP), a voter registration group in Georgia co-founded by Stacey Abrams and previously run by Senator Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., is facing an internal investigation for alleged financial corruption. This scrutiny follows a detailed six-month investigation by Politico, which revealed concerns about the group’s financial management.

NGP, initially established to shift Georgia’s political landscape, saw its Director, Nsé Ufot, depart suddenly. Ufot, who served as the group’s director for eight years, has been asked by NGP to return thousands of dollars in “non-work-related” reimbursements. In response to these allegations, Ufot vehemently denied any wrongdoing, dismissing them as “a f**king lie.”

The investigation has brought to light a surge in the group’s finances, especially during the 2020 election cycle. The NGP and its affiliate, NGPAF, raised approximately $36.4 million in 2020, a significant increase from $3.4 million in 2019. Despite this financial boom, which contributed to President Biden’s victory in Georgia and the Democrats taking both Senate seats, the groups’ fundraising dropped to $16.1 million in 2021.

Politico’s report, based on financial disclosures, internal documents, and interviews with former staff members, indicates potential issues in the management of funds. Allegations include improper tracking of expenses and issues with salary advances.

Furthermore, NGP is undergoing an ethics investigation in Georgia for possible violations related to political activity by non-profits. The group is also dealing with an IRS dispute over payroll taxes, which new CEO Kendra Davenport Cotton claims has been resolved. Under Georgia law, 501(c)3 organizations like NGP are restricted from engaging in political activities.

Frank Wilson, Co-chairman of the board, emphasized the organization’s commitment to transparency and accountability. He stated, “We’re going to do a forensic look at our records… We will not be concerned about who looks at our records because we’ll have all our I’s dotted and T’s crossed.”

Abrams, who founded NGP in 2014, distanced herself from the group after her gubernatorial run in 2017. Senator Warnock, who had ties to NGP since 2017, also left the group when he pursued his Senate campaign in 2020. Warnock has denied any knowledge of the alleged improprieties.

The revelations have stirred mixed reactions, with former employees expressing disillusionment and concerns over the lack of proper management and oversight within the organization. This unfolding situation raises questions about the ethical management of politically affiliated non-profits and the transparency of their financial operations.

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