A top Democrat is in major hot water after her charity was allegedly violating state laws.
The donations she was receiving could cause major trouble.
A top Democrat could face a criminal investigation — her charity reportedly broke the law.
A nonprofit group founded by twice-failed Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has been allegedly collecting donations without a license which could result in facing criminal investigations and fines.
On entering the New Georgia Project’s website, a popup screen appears asking for donations through a campaign hosted by the fundraising platform ActBlue, and the group founded by the Democratic governor candidate claims to be a “a nonpartisan effort to register, civically engage, and build power with the New Georgia Majority–the large and growing population of Black, brown, young, and other historically marginalized voters in the Peach State.”
However, charities such as the New Georgia Project are barred across the country from soliciting donations if they have not filed their tax forms with the IRS. New Georgia Project has reportedly missed the Nov. 15 deadline to file its Form 990.
“The New Georgia Project is facing multiple enforcement actions for illegal fundraising nationwide not only for their failure to file current Form 990 IRS reports with various state agencies but also possible misuse of nonprofit assets,” Paul Kamenar, counsel to the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, told the Washington Examiner.
New Georgia Project’s charity license has expired in Tennessee, Mississippi, and North Carolina, and could face fines ranging from $25 dollars to $25,000 for violating their state’s charity laws according to the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday.
In Colorado, the status of the charity says “EXPIRED-MAY NOT SOLICIT.” According to state law in Colorado taking in donations without a license is deemed charity fraud.
Annie Orloff, a spokeswoman for Colorado’s secretary of state, said her agency has reached out to the New Georgia Project about its charity status according to the Free Beacon.
The New Georgia Project was once led by Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) but they fired half of its leadership in October 2022 claiming that they lacked the funds.
The New Georgia Project has been central to an enormous registration drive in Georgia in recent years, raising $25 million in 2020 and ended the year with $18.5 million in assets, according to public records.
“A former executive told the Washington Free Beacon that the group’s top accountant was fired after saying he couldn’t do his job without violating the law,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The New Georgia Project’s Form 990 financial disclosure, which it missed the deadline to file, would disclose what happened to millions of dollars of funds in 2021.
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