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Canton Tea Party Head Must Respond To Complaints or Face Fine

Carolyn Cosby of Ball Ground recently received the order from the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

The outspoken leader of the Canton Tea Party Patriots must respond in 15 days to charges of inappropriate campaign activities or face a $12,000 file.

According to the Cherokee Ledger News, Carolyn Cosby, chair of the Canton Tea Party, confirmed she received the order from the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

Cosby must respond in 15 days or pay a $12,000 fine in 30 days to allegations brought forth earlier this year by outgoing District 3 County Commissioner Karen Bosch that the organization was collecting money and using it to convince voters how to cast ballots in local primary elections and on the T-SPLOST referendum.

Bosch noted in her charge that Tea Party organization wasn't registered with the state commission as a political action committee or an independent committee, which would make their activity a violation of Georgia ethics laws.

Cosby told the Ledger that the attacks against her are not accurate

“These are false accusations by an angry Board of Commissioners,” Cosby told the weekly Woodstock-based newspaper, adding she was being targeted for her heavy criticism towards what she refers to as the 'Bobo Boondoggle.'

Cosby and her group of vocal backers have been relentless in their critique of the failed Ball Ground Recycling venture. 

As part of Bosch's complaints, which she formally made in May, she produced a flier that listed County Commission District 2 candidate Channing Ruskell as the "Tea Party favorite." The flier also included Cosby's phone number as the point of contact on the political material.

She also included evidence from District 2 incumbent Commissioner Jim Hubbard that claims Cosby only allowed "favorites" to speak at Tea Party meetings and asked those in attendance to donate money to a fund to help the organization's favorite candidates win the July 31 primary.

Bosch also produced information the organization passed out at meetings, urging Cherokee residents to reject the T-SPLOST proposal. 

Cheryl December 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
no surprise here
Georgia Moderate December 05, 2012 at 12:50 AM
What did this woman expect? She ended up with very similar problems in Maine, before they chased her off. You can't use a political organization as your personal plaything.
Dean Sheridan December 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Accusing the accuser. Sounds familiar? Another waste of tax payer money , again with our esteemed BOC. . Bosch is out because she could never win re-election; and she built and earned that - don't doubt me. The Canton Tea Party? Really. Jim Hubbard - his people are so over him they never even showed up at the poles. How long in Cherokee County are we going are going to put up with a BOC that won't stop the spending? And this is their answer, a salvo as it were. Looks like Ms. Cosby must be getting close to finding out who is involved with 'Bobo Boondoggle. ‘and cost us ALL Millions. Don't be surprised this summer when you find Bosch and Hubbard sipping tea over at the new Aquatic center we can’t pay for or afford - after you get your new tax bill.
Patrick Thompson December 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM
The tea party is set up as a "social club" under IRS tax code. They aren't supposed to be campaigning or recommending anyone, but regularly do (and only republicans). This is an insult to true non-profits who need funding desperately at this time of the year especially...
Jade December 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Love it when someone gets what they deserve!!! you know what they say, be careful what you put out there, you tend to get it back in just the same way!

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