(Headline USA) Georgia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on private security despite being a part of an organization that supports defunding the police.
Abrams’s campaign spent more than $450,000 with Executive Protection Agencies, an Atlanta-based security firm, between December 2021 and April 2022, reported Fox News. Her PAC, called the Fair Fight PAC, also spent more than $1.2 million on security services last year, according to filings.
However, Abrams is involved with a leftist organization called the Marguerite Casey Foundation that has repeatedly voiced support for defunding and abolishing the police.
The foundation launched the “Answer the Uprising” initiative in late May 2020, shortly after Abrams joined its board, which increased financial support to leftist groups that also advocate for defunding the police and addressing “racial injustice in policing and the justice system” by $1.6 million.
“Tens of millions of everyday people took extraordinary risks to say what they wanted in the clearest terms possible — transform, defund, abolish. They wanted an end to police violence and all forms of racist violence and injustice that are endemic within the criminal justice system,” the group said at the time.
Abrams has tried to distance herself from the foundation, arguing that she still supports law enforcement.
“I do not, and have never said, and have never supported defunding the police,” Abrams said last month, emphasizing that she has no control over the group’s grants as a board member.
Records, however, show that the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s board, of which Abrams is a part, unanimously approved its “Answer the Uprising” campaign.
And even though she has not directly endorsed defunding the police, Abrams has used similar language to describe her view of law enforcement.
“We have to have a transformation of how we view the role of law enforcement, how we view the construct of public safety, and how we invest not only in the work that we need them to do to protect us but the work that we need to do to protect and build our communities,” Abrams said in June 2020.
“And that’s the conversation we’re having: We’ll use different language to describe it, but fundamentally we must have reformation and transformation.”