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AJC Watchdog: Was Stacey Abrams too clever or not clever enough?

About three years ago, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams founded a company with her younger sister and named it Myrina Strategies. 

In Greek mythology, Myrina was the queen of the Amazons, a tribe of warrior women who conquered the Atlantians.

Clever, huh?  Maybe too clever.

In the AJC Watchdog column, I look at how Abrams, D-Atlanta, used Myrina Strategies to receive $30,000 in consulting fees from Michelle Nunn's senate campaign in 2013 .  Because the company was incorporated under her sister's married name, the words "Stacey" and "Abrams" aren't attached to these payments anywhere.

Making it harder to track is that Abrams failed to claim the corporation on her personal financial disclosure, a required form for every office holder that is supposed to allow the public to peer into candidate's business arrangements and look for potential conflicts. A possible conflict -- one that both Abrams and the Nunn campaign say didn't occur -- is that Abrams consulting work ended right as she was ramping up a large voter registration effort with her non-profit New Georgia Project. 

Abrams said Myrina Strategies was a convenient legal construct through which to receive payment for services rendered. There was no attempt to hide anything, she said.

Read more about what she had to say here. 

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