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Georgia Senate Candidate Teresa Tomlinson Hires Finance Chair Involved in Finance Scandal

Teresa Tomlinson, former mayor of Columbus, GA, hired Steve Leeds to be her national finance chair. This comes as Tomlinson fails to meet her own fundraising goals. She is now lagging newcomer Jon Ossoff. Tomlinson is running against Senator David Perdue and had tried to raise enough money to scare off challengers. That failed.

Leeds helped both former Senator Max Cleland and failed senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Nunn lost to Perdue in 2014.

Leeds also worked for the General Services Administration and appears to be connected to the 2012 General Services Administration scandal which involved over $800,000 in out-of-control spending that the Obama administration described as “a complete violation of administration rules.”

Some of the expenses involved in the scandal included a $75,000 bicycle-building exercise, a clown show, $7,000 on sushi, $6,325 spent on commemorative coins, lavish hotel suites, and even a $3,200 mind reader at a taxpayer-funded events for agency employees.

At the time of the scandal, Leeds served as a top advisor for the GSA’s administrator. He was fired from GSA for his involvement in the controversy immediately following the release of an IG report. His own LinkedIn page claims that his “Agency drove tremendous change management agenda throughout Agency and led by example for the rest of Government” which is pretty laughable considering this:

Stephen Leeds, former senior counsel to the administrator: Leeds — also a former acting administrator — was fired immediately upon the release of the IG report. Since his termination, Leeds has worked for the law firm Rogers & Hardin LLP and Sustainability Consultants LLC.

John Burke, Executive Director of the Georgia Action Fund, tells me, “Teresa Tomlinson’s decision to hire a disgraced and scandal-plagued former government bureaucrat to lead her struggling fundraising efforts shows an alarming lack of judgement. With Steve Leeds involved in her campaign, Tomlinson is likely to spend more money of clown shows and mind readers than on reaching out to voters.”

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