Stacey Abrams is considering a run for the U.S. Senate, a potential rematch against Gov. Brian Kemp or a bid for the White House. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
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Abrams’ nonprofit repays liens linked to ‘contractor error’ 

A nonprofit created by Stacey Abrams has recently repaid thousands of dollars worth of liens.

State records show that seven liens totaling more than $16,000 filed over the past five years were repaid in late February. The former Democratic candidate for governor said through a spokeswoman she was glad the nonprofit’s payments “have been properly reflected in the public record and the issue is resolved.” 

The filings involve Third Sector Development, an organization that Abrams created in 1998 that was slapped with four tax liens worth $13,000 between 2014 and 2016 citing unpaid unemployment contributions.

Her campaign for governor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in February 2018 that a withholding error from a payroll service was to blame. 

Three additional liens totaling about $3,500 were filed since then. Abrams spokeswoman Caitlin Highland said in February that they were “entirely due to third-party contractor error,” and she provided emails from a state Department of Labor supervisor who wrote that he was making the “needed corrections.” 

The documents show that those liens, as well as the other four, were each reported to be satisfied on Feb. 25 – shortly after the AJC reported their existence. 

Abrams has emerged as one of the nation’s leading Democrats after her narrow loss in the governor’s race to Brian Kemp. She delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in February and is weighing a 2020 Senate bid or a potential run for the White House

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.