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19 April 2012

Georgia Democrat Director of Politics Kept on Gail Buckner's Payroll Even While in Jail

Ali Rashad Richey, political director for Georgia's Democratic Party, is a jail bird. Rashad Richey is a recidivist. Richey has multiple mugshots and multiple booking numbers.

There. I said it. I said it on Georgia Politics Unfiltered, I said it.

Records show Rashad Richey's last visit to the DeKalb County Jail included a 28-day stay in one of their private, luxurious suites.

Booked into jail on February 3, 2010, Richey (mugshot pictured right) was assigned booking number 0471219 and released March 1, 2010. During that same period, Rashad Richey cashed checks from Democrat Secretary of State candidate Gail Buckner.

A few days before his arrest, Rashad Richey received a paycheck from Gail Buckner. Campaign finance reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission indicate Ali Rashad Richey received a payment of $4,000 from Gail Buckner on January 29, 2010.

Then, on February 26, 2010, Rashad Richey received another $4,000 paycheck from Gail Buckner. Yes. You did read that correctly. Gail Buckner paid $4,000 to an inmate.

Rashad Richey was released from jail March 1, 2010. Twenty-five days later, Gail Buckner paid him another $4,000 on March 26, 2010.

All told, Gail Buckner paid Rashad Richey $30,750 for "consulting work" in 2010.

Apparently crime pays, and it pays well. Either that or Georgia Democrats truly cannot do better than Rashad Richey the recividist.