- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Senate candidate David Perdue is criticizing his opponent in a Republican primary runoff for accepting campaign donations from people linked though two companies to a felon.

Perdue spokesman Derrick Dickey said the contributions show U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston said been in Washington too long.

“This is exactly what you get from a career politician that is more concerned about getting elected than doing what’s right,” Dickey said.

Kingston has said he was unaware of the contributions and will return the money.

“We won’t be taking any fundraising advice from David Perdue, who lined his own pockets with taxpayer money from Obama’s stimulus and is now trying to use it to buy a seat in the Senate,” Kingston’s spokesman Chris Crawford said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (https://bit.ly/SH7jNA) reported Sunday that Kingston accepted more than $80,000 in contributions from employees, family members, consultants and contractors tied to two Gwinnett County companies. Those companies are linked to Khalid Satary, who served more than three years in prison for running a counterfeit CD operation in metro Atlanta. Satary was released from prison in 2008. A Palestinian, he faces potential deportation.

One Kingston supporter, state Rep. B.J. Pak, R-Lilburn, said it is unreasonable to expect a candidate to know the backgrounds of every contributor.

“You are going to know some big donors, but you aren’t going to know everybody,” said Pak, a former federal prosecutor. “No campaign can.”

Perdue and Kingston are competing in a July 22 runoff for the Republican nomination to run for the U.S. Senate Seat held by Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring. The winner of the GOP contest will face Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn.

Nunn’s campaign declined to comment on the contributions.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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