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Brandon Beach Carried Over Unused Campaign Cash

Beach did not refund campaign donations he received in 2010, a violation of state law.

Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brandon Beach violated state law when he did not refund contributions raised for the 2010 primary election, according to Atlanta Unfiltered.

Beach, running for the Georgia Senate at the time, raised $13,600 he planned to spend during the general election, but lost the primary. 

The investigative journalism website notes the state requires candidates to give back contributions raised during an election period in which they are not on the ballot.

The Alpharetta resident kept those contributions and also applied them to his 2012 primary challenge against former Senator Chip Rogers, the website notes. 

Beach told Atlanta Unfiltered that he didn't know the contributions had to be refunded, calling his mistake "unintentional" and that he plans to correct his actions. 

Beach is facing a contentious race in Tuesday's special election for the Georgia Senate District 21 seat against former State Rep. Sean Jerguson.

Jerguson resigned the House District 21 seat he won in November to run for the senate seat, which was vacated by Rogers in December when he resigned to take a position with Georgia Public Broadcasting. 

Atlanta Unfiltered's article is one of two written about both candidates for the race.

The website published a piece on Jerguson failing to list in financial disclosures property owned by businesses he lists as having ownership interests and how one business, Sapphire Pointe, is being sued in federal court for not making payments on a loan.

Jerguson is a party in the case as he is a passive investor in the company. 

Jim Beam January 07, 2013 at 08:31 PM
As many times as Beach has run for--and lost--elections, he's either a complete liar or a completely-ignorant fool to claim that he "didn't know the contributions had to be refunded.". Either characteristic makes this man unfit for office.
Red January 07, 2013 at 09:34 PM
they are the best we have?
Red January 07, 2013 at 09:42 PM
It is so transparent that both of these men use ignorance as an excuse for the exact things we need them to be experts on: business and finance. Hey Sean, call it whatever you want, it is a default on a loan, slimy. And Brandon, you forgot to return $13,000? Really. How about someone with integrity.
J C SMITH January 08, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Amen Steely Dan and I got so sick of the same Robo Calls from Smoltz about Beach. Who cares who some has been sport figure supports or votes for. And why cant a candidate just speak for themselves and make their own recordings for robo calls?

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