Georgia GOP faces $700K in debt amid tide of legal bills

The Georgia Republican party reports that it faces about $700,000 in debt, much of it from mounting legal bills linked to a racial discrimination lawsuit that was recently settled after three years of litigation.
The state party’s federal financial disclosure, filed late Monday, shows in stark details the financial toll of the lawsuit. All told, about $670,000 was spent on legal fees involving the lawsuit filed by Qiana Keith, a former GOP staffer who claimed her co-workers had referred to her with a racial slur and humiliated her.
That lawsuit targeted former GOP chair John Padgett, who didn’t seek another term as the state party’s leader this summer. The new chair, John Watson, pushed to close the legal case shortly after he took office. Terms were agreed to earlier this year.