Abrams campaign spends $450K on private security, despite link to radical ‘defund the police’ group

Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams seems to personify the typical double standard seem from the progressive left, where the elite wants to strip the masses of various products and services that they personally enjoy.

In Abrams’ case, it’s ensuring her safety through the use of private security while advocating for an anti-police initiative that impacts those unable to afford private security.

The Abrams campaign has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars for private security through her campaign since December 2021 when she launched her second bid for governor, according to Fox News. In addition to backing an anti-police initiative, the Democrat is also a board member of a foundation that wants to abolish police, the network noted.

“Between December 2021 and April 2022, Abrams’ campaign doled out over $450,000 to Executive Protection Agencies (EPA Security), an Atlanta-based private security firm,” Fox News reported. “The company’s website says the group provides executive protection that comes with a ‘keen eye with a thorough knowledge of the venue through threat assessment’ for its clients.”

A total of nine payments to EPA Security ranged from $39,335 to $56,760, and the article stressed that this is not the first time Abrams has paid for private security.

A committee that is part of a network launched by Abrams spent more than $1.2 million on security services last year with the same firm, Fox News reported, citing Fair Fight PAC filings.

In a June 2022 Axios puff piece that serves as a convenient marker for Abrams’s run for governor, the outlet declared, “Stacey Abrams says if elected governor of Georgia she will do something Republicans have insisted she won’t: fund the police.”

The candidate insisted that she supports increased police funding to offset criticism of her role with the Seattle-based Marguerite Casey Foundation, which is a vocal supporter of defunding and abolishing the police.

I do not, and have never said, and have never supported defunding the police,” Abrams told Axios, insisting that as a board member she has no control over the foundation’s grants.

Abrams does have control over remaining on the board, though. And she backed an expanded anti-police initiative from the foundation shortly after joining its board.

More from Fox News:

The board, including Abrams, unanimously approved the ‘Answer the Uprising’ campaign in late May 2021, which involved increasing financial support to left-wing groups working on law enforcement issues. The initiative also established a coalition with other grant-making organizations that provide backing to defund the police groups.

The Marguerite Casey Foundation in 2020 directed grants to left-wing groups that want to defund police, including the Movement for Black Lives, Black Organizing Project and Louisville Community Bail Fund.

 

During the racial unrest brought on by the death of George Floyd, Abrams engaged in the radical left’s habit of manipulating language, effectively speaking in code about what ultimately boils down to defunding and even abolishing the police.

“We have to have a transformation of how we view the role of law enforcement, how we view the construct of public safety, and how we invest not only in the work that we need them to do to protect us but the work that we need to do to protect and build our communities,” she said in June 2020. “And that’s the conversation we’re having: We’ll use different language to describe it, but fundamentally we must have reformation and transformation.”

“We have to reallocate resources, so, yes,” Abram said in another interview at the time in response to a question about whether police budgets should be reduced. “If there is a moment where resources are so tight that we have to choose between whether we murder black people or serve black people, then absolutely: Our choice must be service.”

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