Some may have made serious campaign finance mistakes during Herschel Walker’s tumultuous 2022 campaign for the Georgia Senate seat.
According to a new report from The Daily Beast, the University of Georgia football legend asked a high-profile donor to send political contributions to his private company HR Talent, LLC in March 2022, which could violate campaign finance laws.
Emails obtained and verified by the website show how Walker asked representatives of businessman Dennis Washington to send $535,200, which was never disclosed to the Federal Election Commission, directly to the LLC.
After sending the money, a third party informed the trading company, The Washington Companies, that the money could not be used for political purposes.
Tim McHugh — executive vice president of Washington Corp., a Washington-based company — followed up with Walker’s team in a November 2022 email, urging the campaign that political donations should go through the campaign or Walker-affiliated super PAC, 34N22.
We need your help in editing previous contributions to the HR Talent account in March. Walker did not respond to the email, records show.
It’s unclear if HR Talent returned the money to Washington, but FEC documents and sources who spoke to The Daily Beast appear to show the money was never transferred to the super PAC.
According to FEC filings, the candidate made no campaign contributions, suggesting the funds were not channeled back into the campaign through HR Talent.
Legal experts who spoke to The Daily Beast called Walker’s actions “unprecedented,” “shocking” and “jaw-dropping.”
“There’s no legal way this could happen,” Paul S. Ryan, a campaign finance specialist and deputy executive director of the Committee on Civic Engagement Funders, told the station.
Walker’s scandal-plagued run for re-election ended in December 2022 when the Rev. Raphael Warnock was elected by a 2.8% margin, consolidating the Democrats’ 51 seats in the Senate.
During Walker’s campaign, many women accused the pro-life candidate of domestic violence or paying for their abortions.