An Atlanta attorney claims he informed Rep. Jack Kingston’s U.S. Senate campaign six weeks ago about potentially illegal contributions to his campaign and the criminal background of Khalid Satary, a Palestinian who allegedly orchestrated the fundraiser where the funds were collected.
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Channel 2 Action News political reporter Lori Geary contributed to this report.
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In his own words
AJC reporter Chris Joyner interviewed Rep. Jack Kingston June 4 about his relationship with Palestinian felon Khalid Satary and two companies linked to Satary that were behind a Dec. 6, 2013, fundraiser that collected more than $80,000 for his U.S. Senate campaign.
AJC: Do you remember Khalid Satary and his son, Jordan?
AJC: You don’t remember them from that event (Dec. 6, 2013 fundraiser)?
Kingston: I remember the event and I know that since that time they have had among the group of hosts a falling out, but they are not people I have a daily, a weekly, or a regular discussion or correspondence with or anything else.
AJC: Khalid Satary was sentenced in 2005 as the ringleader in a large recorded music piracy outfit that ran a number of CD manufacturing businesses around the state. He did three years in federal prison. You are not aware any of that?
Kingston: I’m not aware of that at all.
AJC: You are not aware that he is a foreign national?
Kingston: I’m not aware of that.
AJC: You are not aware that he is under a federal deportation order?
Kingston: No. And again this is the first I’ve heard that there was a question that came up in April.
AJC: And what was that question?
Kingston: In their internal dispute they had some question about the fundraiser in which they hosted for us. We went back and made sure absolutely every contribution was in compliance with the law.
AJC: And you’ve heard no allegations that –
Kingston: Nothing since then.
AJC: Nothing that they were bundled or that these contributions were reimbursed through bonuses to these employees.
Kingston: We don’t have anything on that.
THE STORY SO FAR
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported June 8 that $80,052 in donations to Rep. Jack Kingston’s U.S. Senate campaign came from companies linked to Khalid Satary, a Palestinian under U.S. deportation order from a conviction for music piracy. The AJC also reported that federal investigators were investigating allegations that individual contributors were given bonuses and instructed to contribute to Kingston’s campaign. Kingston pledged to return the donations after the AJC presented him with the findings.
Following the AJC’s report, Kingston’s opponent for the U.S. Senate nomination, businessman David Perdue, criticized Kingston for a lapse in judgment and said his failure to recognize “red flags” showed he was a Washington insider.