​The law firm of Stacey Abrams’ campaign chairwoman and longtime friend received millions of dollars from the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s voting rights organization to fight an unsuccessful legal case alleging voter suppression in the Peach State’s 2018 governor’s race, according to a report on Monday. ​

Abrams’ group, Fair Fight Action, paid the Atlanta law firm of Lawrence & Bundy $9.4 million in 2019 and 2020, Politico reported, citing federal tax filings from the organization. ​In those two years, Fair Fight Action spent more than $25 million in legal fees. ​

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy– who chaired both Abrams’ losing 2018 campaign for governor and her current ​run against incumbent Republican Brian Kemp — is one of two named partners in Lawrence & Bundy, which employs fewer than two dozen attorneys, and was lead counsel in the case Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger, the report said. 

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy speaks at a news conference in November 2018 in Georgia.
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy speaks at a news conference in November 2018 in Georgia.
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​​It’s unclear how much Lawrence & Bundy was paid in 2021 and 2022 because the federal tax filings ​are unavailable and Lawrence-Hardy declined to comment to Politico about how much the law firm collected. 

Abrams and Lawrence-Hardy were classmates at Spelman College in Atlanta in the early 1990s, and each went on to graduate from Yale Law School, Politico reported. 

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, speaks at a rally Oct. 20 in Columbus, Ga.
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, speaks at a rally Oct. 20 in Columbus, Ga.
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Stacey Abrams shakes hands with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp at their debate Oct. 17.
Stacey Abrams shakes hands with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp at their debate Oct. 17.
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The lawsuit, launched after Abrams’ narrow loss to Kemp in the 2018 election, alleged a wide range of voter suppression tactics involving absentee ballots and voter rolls. The suit’s list of claims were narrowed as the case dragged on.

US District Court Judge Steven Jones ruled against Fair Fight last month. 

“Although Georgia’s election system is not perfect, the challenged practices violate neither the constitution nor the Voting Rights Act,” Jones wrote in his 288-page decision.

Stacey Abrams speaks at a rally in 2018 in Jonesboro, Ga.
Stacey Abrams speaks at a rally in 2018 in Jonesboro, Ga.
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In all, eight different law firms worked on the case, and Fair Fight Action raised more than $61 million in contributions in 2019 and 2020, Politico reported. 

It spent at least a third of that amount on the legal case and has $20 million left in reserve. 

“We do provide other services for Fair Fight Action,” Lawrence-Hardy told Politico, but declined to detail all of the fees. “We have several matters for them.”

Stacey Abrams with supporters during a rally Oct. 20 in Columbus, Ga.
Stacey Abrams with supporters during a rally Oct. 20 in Columbus, Ga.
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The funds poured into the lawsuit raised questions from some who say it dwarfed the amounts spent in other voting rights cases.

“The typical case is a couple of hundred thousand dollars and can take a couple of years,” Leah Aden, deputy director for litigation at the Legal Defense Fund, told Politico. “Beyond $10 million would be very shocking, I would say.”

Others ​say the professional and personal relationship between Abrams and Lawrence-Hardy raises ethical concerns. 

​“It is a very clear conflict of interest because with that kind of close link to the litigation and her friend that provides an opportunity where the friend gets particularly enriched from this litigation,” Craig Holman, an expert on campaign finance and ethics at Public Citizen, ​told Politico. 

“The outcome of that litigation can directly affect her campaign itself,” Holman said.

Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the crowd during a rally in Norcross, Ga., on Oct. 22.
Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the crowd during a rally in Norcross, Ga., on Oct. 22.
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Abrams through her campaign declined to be interviewed, but a senior adviser rejected the claim that Abrams benefited.

“What is the boon to the campaign?” Nina Smith told the outlet. “We reject that premise. Ideally the remedies sought in this case would currently be in place and voters in Georgia would not have their government working against their right to vote. That benefits democracy.”​

In addition to Lawrence & Bundy, Fair Fight Action paid law firms Jenner & Block $8.6 million, Miller & Chevalier Chartered $2.4 million and KaiserDillon $1.6 million, according to tax filings in 2019 and 2020.​

The PAC affiliated with Fair Fight Action has also come under scrutiny after a Fox News Digital report earlier this month said it is paying family and friends of the PAC’s political director, Andre Fields, even though they have no background in politics. 

The Fair Fight Action PAC said it launched an internal investigation into the claims. 

“Fair Fight strives to operate with the utmost integrity, as is core to our values,” ​a spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “We take these matters very seriously and have initiated a comprehensive investigation. Personnel will remain on leave pending the outcome.”

Abrams is a clear underdog to unseat Kemp, trailing the incumbent by eight percentage points in the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average.



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