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22 September 2010

Scandal-Plagued Pastor A Generous Benefactor For GA Democratic Candidates

Late Tuesday night, Fox 5 Atlanta broke news of a sex scandal involving New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Bishop Eddie Long [Russell, Dale (2010-9-21). Sex Allegations Made Against Eddie Long. WAGA-TV. Retrieved on 2010-9-22.].

Two lawsuits filed late Tuesday in DeKalb County accuse Bishop Long of inappropriate sexual relationships with two young men from his church.

Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, both in their early 20's, claim in their lawsuits that, "Long utilized his spiritual authority to coerce certain young male members and employees of defendant New Birth into engaging in sexual acts and relationships."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a third lawsuit, alleging sexual misconduct by Long, was filed in DeKalb Superior Court Wednesday [Matteucci, Megan and Boone, Christian (2010-9-22). Bishop Eddie Long | Third sexual coercion lawsuit filed. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2010-9-22.]. Details of these three lawsuits led Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes to cancel a Thursday fundraiser with Eddie Long.

Long endorsed Barnes' gubernatorial campaign in July, saying that, "Roy is the only candidate in this race who has consistently been a friend to our community. He is the only one I trust to guide our state in a better direction." [Metro Atlanta faith leaders back Roy Barnes for governor. Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved on 2010-9-22.]

Long gave Barnes a $5,000 campaign contribution, according to disclosures filed with the State Ethics Commission. Long's wife, Vanessa, also gave $6,100 to Barnes last December.

Bishop Eddie Long's generosity isn't limited to just Roy Barnes though.

Records show that, over the years, Eddie Long donated thousands of dollars to several Georgia Democratic candidates.

Contributor Candidate Office Sought Amount Date(s)
Eddie Long Max Cleland U.S. Senate $1,000 5/23/2002
Eddie Long Michael Thurmond U.S. Senate $2,000 6/30/2010
Eddie Long Denise Majette U.S. Senate $2,000 8/19/2004
Eddie Long Donzella James Congress $1,000 6/6/2002
Eddie Long Mark Taylor Governor $5,000 10/17/2006
Eddie Long Michael Thurmond Labor
Eddie Long Ronald Ramsey State Senate $2,000
Eddie Long Roy Barnes Governor $5,000 6/28/2010
Eddie Long Thurbert Baker Attorney
$5,000 10/5/2006

[SOURCE: Federal Elections Commission; State Ethics Commission]