Evans Campaign Accused of Creating a Dark Money Group to Shield Donors from Disclosure Reports and Circumvent Campaign Laws
Key Evans Staff Jeff DiSantis and Josh White Tied to New 501(c)4 Organization “Hope for Georgia”
ATLANTA, GA — Today, Lauren Groh-Wargo, Campaign Manager of the Stacey Abrams for Governor campaign, filed an ethics complaint against the Stacey Evans for Governor campaign surrounding the filing of a newly formed 501(c)4 dark money organization called “Hope for Georgia.” The entity was formed on April 4th, 2018 to aid the Stacey Evans Campaign with secret, unlimited contributions, and is coordinated by campaign staff members. By their own statements, Hope for Georgia was established to circumvent the law by shielding donors from disclosure.
On April 18th, 2018, Joshua White, an agent and recent employee of the Stacey Evans for Governor campaign, sent an email to unnamed individuals soliciting funds for the recently formed 501(c)4. The email states the purpose of the c4 as “We moved everything to a c4 structure for donor privacy.” The email makes clear that Hope for Georgia is to support the candidacy of Stacey Evans.
“The Stacey Abrams campaign will continue to run a positive, transparent campaign talking to Georgians about the issues they care about and our goal to build a Georgia where every family has the freedom and opportunity to thrive,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, Campaign Manager for Stacey Abrams for Governor. “We are saddened that the Evans campaign is running an old playbook to attack and smear, and has now gone a step further by forming a dark money group to circumvent campaign laws and shield donors from disclosure.”
The complaint with appendices that was sent today is below.