Stacey Abrams Launched A NonProfit To Ensure Everyone One Is Counted In 2020 Census
Fair Count will focus on those who could possibly be overlooked in the 2020 census.
March 28, 2019 at 7:47 pm
Stacy Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who lost narrowly in the recent and highly publicized election, is attempting to see that minorities will be correctly counted in the next census. Abrams has founded an organization called Fair Count which focuses on renters, those who don’t speak English and others who could possibly be skipped in the once-a-decade population count.
Once the census is done, those numbers will affect how and where tax dollars are allocated as well as how political lines are drawn within each state. In the past, the census has been criticized for discounting minorities, including in Abrams’ home state of Georgia.
“Georgians risk missing out on critical federal dollars, business opportunities and may suffer unfair or inaccurate redistricting if we don’t get this count done correctly,” said Fair Count chair and state Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D- GA).
Abrams made news recently as a potential vice presidential pick for Joe Biden's rumored-though-not-yet-confirmed campaign for the 2020 presidential election. She has, however, discounted the rumor saying, “You don't run for second place.”
Abrams has raised speculation about her own presidential run in 2020 and is expected to make a decision about the race sometime in April, following the March 31st fundraising reporting deadline. In an appearance on “CBS This Morning” Abrams commentented on her potential run.
“The work I've done as a business leader, as a civic leader, as a political leader, positions me to be just as capable of becoming the president of the United States as anyone running," she said.
However starting the nonprofit could lead to issues for Abrams if she does decide to push for office again. A GOP affiliate group called the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, or FACT, has filed a complaint against Abrams with the IRS.
“There is nothing wrong with a nonprofit promoting its charismatic founder,” said Adav Noti, a former Federal Election Commission attorney, before adding however, “if we later learn that the spending was to lay the groundwork for a campaign, retrospectively that could be a violation.”
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