The contributions weren’t reported on Watson’s campaign finance disclosure reports, and they exceed contribution limits, the complaint said.
The money supported the DeKalb International Food and Music Festival, the DeKalb Police Alliance, Watson’s breakfast meetings with community members and other events.
“Instead of using county funds, we used vendors to pay the chamber, and the chamber would pay our bills,” Watson told Channel 2.
In a previous case, the DeKalb Board of Ethics reprimanded Watson in August for voting to give his employer a county contract.
The ethics complaint against Boyer makes similar allegations to Watson’s.
Boyer is serving a 14-month sentence after pleading guilty to participating in an $85,000 kickback scheme.