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Stacey Abrams’ finance report: strong earnings, with debt no longer a problem – The Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Rather than downplaying the topic in 2018, Abrams took the unusual step of speaking openly about her financial struggles on the campaign trail. While she said deferring the tax payments in 2015 and 2016 to help pay her family’s medical expenses wasn’t the “smartest move,” it gave her flexibility to support them.

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In her latest campaign finance disclosure, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reported a net worth of $3.17 million. Neither of the two Republicans running for governor, incumbent Brian Kemp, center, and former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, has disclosed his net worth yet, although both have reported extensive holdings in the past.

In her latest campaign finance disclosure, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reported a net worth of $3.17 million. Neither of the two Republicans running for governor, incumbent Brian Kemp, center, and former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, has disclosed his net worth yet, although both have reported extensive holdings in the past.
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In her latest campaign finance disclosure, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams reported a net worth of $3.17 million. Neither of the two Republicans running for governor, incumbent Brian Kemp, center, and former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, has disclosed his net worth yet, although both have reported extensive holdings in the past.

Abrams, a tax attorney, also penned a column embracing the debt that gained national attention, and she invoked her debt to paint her wealthier opponents as out of touch. During town halls and small-scale fundraisers, she repeatedly cited her financial struggles to connect with voters facing similar challenges.

“Sometimes we stumble and we have to have a leader who understands those struggles,” she said at one event. “Because falling down does not mean you have to stay there — and stay silent.”

Her debt became a go-to GOP target once Abrams secured her party’s nomination, as Republicans questioned whether she could effectively manage the state’s budget if she struggled to meet her personal financial responsibilities.

“Stacey Abrams wants to raise your taxes,” one pro-Kemp TV attack asserted, “but didn’t pay hers.”

After her 2018 bid catapulted her visibility to new heights, making her a household name to political junkies nationwide, her net worth also soared.

In her most recent financial disclosure, Abrams reported roughly $320,000 in cash on hand and $1.8 million worth of real estate holdings, most of it a home she bought days before the general election in 2020 that’s valued at $1.2 million.

She reported earning more than $1.5 million over the past three years from the Harry Walker Agency, an elite booking firm. And the Loewenthal Co. — a full-service literary agency — has paid more than $3.5 million since 2019 for books she wrote or is set to release.

She also listed receiving about $700,000 from the Roosevelt Institute, a liberal New York think tank, between 2019 and 2021. She disclosed that she served as executive director of the Southern Economic Advancement Project — which she founded — for the organization.

She did not report any income from Fair Fight, the voting rights group she founded after losing the 2018 governor’s race. Fair Fight PAC has raised more than $100 million since then and has played a major role in bolstering Democratic Party efforts in Georgia and across the country.

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