State Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon
Dr. Spencer Price
The man challenging State Senator Cecil Staton has filed an ethics complaint against him.
According to a press release from Spencer Price's campaign, the challenger for the 18th District seat alleges that Staton participated in, and benefited from, a conspiracy to divert funds from the Georgia Republican Senatorial Trust to their campaigns.
Staton's latest campaign contribution report filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission shows he received $2,500 from the Trust, which is the maximum allowed contribution.
Price says, in addition to that, Staton received an in-kind donation in the form of campaign mailers from a political action committee also funded by the Georgia Republican Senate Caucus.
Though Price's press release calls the donations a "violation of the campaign contribution limits," Staton said the mailers came from the PAC directly without his involvement.
Staton told WMAZ's Katelyn Heck: "As long as there is no coordination, it's fine."
He further explained he "is not responsible for what the Trust does with their money."
"After all of the ethical issues surrounding Senator Staton's financial dealings with Georgia Southern University Athletic Department, it is outright arrogance that he would have a secret group to help fund his campaign."
Staton is the Senate Majority Whip, one of the officers of the Georgia Republican Caucus.
The incumbent described Price's complaint as a "publicity stunt" and says, "There are six days left until primary night, I will not participate in his last minute campaign antics."
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