Abrams campaign has spent over $450K on private security, despite radical 'defund the police' group ties
FIRST ON FOX: Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in private security as part of her campaign since December 2021, when she submitted her second candidacy for governor, despite serving on the board of a foundation supporting the Police want to abolish personal support of an anti-police initiative.
Between December 2021 and April 2022, Abrams' campaign distributed over $450,000 to Executive Protection Agencies (EPA Security), a private security firm based in Atlanta. The company's website says the group offers its clients executive protection that comes with a "keen eye with thorough knowledge of the venue through threat assessment."
Stacey Abrams' gubernatorial campaign has paid out over $450,000 to a private security firm since she announced her second run for governor in December 2021.
The nine payments from the Abrams campaign to EPA Security ranged from $39,335 to $56,760.
This isn't the first time Abrams has paid for private security. The Fair Fight PAC, a committee that is part of a network launched by Abrams, spent more than $1.2 million on security services at the same company as the Abrams campaign last year, the filings show.
STACEY ABRAMS GROUP PAYED OVER $1.2 MILLION TO PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY LAST YEAR
Abrams recently insisted to Axios that she supports an increase in police funding and officer salaries as her role at the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation has become a political obligation.
Over 100 Peach State sheriffs condemned Abrams for her affiliations with the foundation and her "crime soft policy," which followed Gov. Kemp and asked her to step down from the board. The attention follows numerous reports from Fox News Digital about her involvement with the group.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation has repeatedly expressed support for defunding and abolishing the police force, Fox News Digital previously reported.
They have also given millions to professors and scholars who hold anti-capitalist and prison-abolishing views.
"I don't do it and I've never said it and I've never supported disappointing the police," Abrams told Axios, stressing that as a board member, she has no control over the group's grants.
However, Abrams supported an expanded anti-police initiative by the foundation shortly after joining the board in early May 2021, Fox News Digital also reported.
Stacey Abrams is a board member of a radical Seattle-based foundation that wants to abolish police and prisons. Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The board, including Abrams, unanimously approved the "Response to the Insurgency" campaign in late May 2021, which included an increase in financial support for left-wing groups dealing with law enforcement issues. The initiative also formed a coalition with other funding organizations that provide support to defund the police groups.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation made 2020 grants to left-wing groups looking to defund police, including the Movement for Black Lives, the Black Organizing Project and the Louisville Community Bail Fund.
OVER 100 GEORGIA SHERIFFS CONVIDE STACEY ABRAMS FOR LINKS TO DEFUND THE POLICE FOUNDATION
Abrams also previously signaled support for defunding the police force while trying to redefine it.
During the George Floyd riots of 2020, she repeatedly attempted to rebrand the "defund" aspect of the movement by advocating the "reformation and transformation" of law enforcement rather than abolishing the police.
"We need to change how we view the role of law enforcement, how we view the construct of public safety, and how we invest not just in the work they need to do to protect us, but in the work we do." need to do to protect and build our communities," Abrams said in June 2020. "And that's the conversation we're having: We're going to use different language to describe it, but fundamentally we need reformation and transformation ."
Stacey Abrams speaks onstage during the 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala on December 9, 2021 in New York City. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
"We have to redistribute resources, so, yeah," she said in another interview the same month when asked if police budgets should be cut. "If there comes a moment when resources are so scarce that we must make a choice between murdering Black people and serving Black people, it is imperative: Our choice must be service."
Shortly thereafter, she advocated "redistributing dollars" from the police budget so that "we don't just invest in public safety, we build a safer public through education, through health care, through food security, through affordable housing, and that we don't do those things." as conflicts, but must be part of a holistic vision of what America should be like, what law enforcement should be like, and what society should be like in the 21st century."
The Abrams campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital's media inquiry.
Jessica Chasmar and Houston Keene contributed coverage.
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