Kemp and Perdue clash over campaign finance law

This week, Gov. Brian Kemp filed an ethics complaint against primary opponent former Senator David Perdue, alleging that his campaign improperly coordinated with a political action committee, which solicited money and phone numbers on Perdue’s behalf. That’s a no-no in campaign finance law.

  • A Perdue spokesperson called the complaint “laughable and desperate.”

Why it matters: This complaint connects back to a larger fight brewing between Perdue and Kemp about what Perdue calls an “uneven and discriminatory campaign finance structure” that benefits Kemp.

  • Last week, Perdue sued Kemp over a new law that he argues “grants special fundraising and expenditure privileges to the incumbent governor…while denying those privileges to Senator Perdue.”

Flashback: Last year, the General Assembly passed the law that allows the incumbent governor, lieutenant governor, party nominees and majority and minority caucuses to create “leadership committees.”

  • These committees are not subject to three standard campaign finance regulations: a $7,600 limit per donor for statewide races, a prohibition against fundraising during the legislative session, and a prohibition against coordination between candidates and political action committees.

What they’re saying: As to whether the new structure is unfair to Perdue, Kemp tells Axios that non-incumbents have had “an unfair advantage over me because they can raise money during the legislative session.”

  • This is also an argument…

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