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SMN questions Wright’s campaign disclosures

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A Savannah newspaper’s probe of Republican Congressional hopeful Wright McLeod’s campaign receipts has revealed a possible skirting of federal campaign finance law by a trio of donors.

Brittany Best and Heather Fehr both donated $2,500, the maximum contribution allowable by law, to Wright’s primary campaign on the last day of the most recent quarter’s reporting period. But it was the circumstance in which the pair of donations were made that roused Savannah Morning News scribe Larry Peterson.

Neither wealthy–one even working a second job until recently at a pizza shop–the two were staff assistants at a property management outfit in Evans. Neither had previously donated a dime to a federal political bid.

But their boss, Joe Mullins, had: he maxed out to McLeod in November of last year.

When phoned by Peterson–whose dogged McLeod muckraking has boosted questions of the candidate’s voting history to the national circuit–Fehr said she was “very uncomfortable” discussing her first-time donation. Best simply refused to speak.

“I asked how a person who’d been working two jobs–one of them in a pizza place–could afford to donate so much,” Peterson writes in today’s paper. “She said she doesn’t have money problems… When asked again–well, maybe for the third time–how and she she settled on $2,500–the max–she hung up.”

Mullins, the women’s boss, denied he had reimbursed his employees for their donations.

Even as Peterson remains unconvinced, he stressed there is no evidence that any of the three were party to political laundering. “But a lot of things still just don’t add up,” he writes.

- James Richardson

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