“This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by the GOP to distract voters from Nathan Deal’s complete lack of leadership and utter failure to address issues that are important to Georgia families during a wasted legislative session,” she said Friday.
The Georgia GOP also sent word of a party fundraiser on Thursday, during the waning hours of the session, that noted Deal's appearance. Deal's camp said the difference was that the GOP event wasn't arranged by Deal or his aides, while the invitation for Carter's event indicated his campaign authorized it.
State ethics officials didn’t immediately return requests for comment.
Campaign finance laws are rarely cut-and-dry, and this one is complicated by politics. Carter has said he will restore trust in government, a subtle nod to allegations by ethics staffers that Deal's office improperly interfered with an investigation. Mahoney, for one, claimed "the poster boy of the Georgia Democratic Party has an ethics problem."
Carter’s camp had a ready retort: “It’s not surprising that the cronies of a governor facing multiple ethics investigations don’t understand the law.”