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14 July 2014

Convicted Felon Contributed Campaign Cash to Senator Jason Carter & Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Meet Michael Hightower.

He was once considered a rising star in metropolitan Atlanta politics.

(Former Fulton County Commissioner Michael Hightower, shown above, was found guilty on felony bribery charges. Image courtesy The Collaborative Firm)
Hightower served a combined 21 years on both the College Park City Council and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Then, in 2000, Hightower's political career came to an abrupt halt. He was convicted on felony charges of bribery. Hightower went to jail.

Now, disgraced politician Michael Hightower is attempting to get back in the game.

Hightower is the founder and managing partner of The Collaborative Firm, LLC. According to its website, The Collaborative Firm "provides urban planning, architectural support, program management and development services to governmental entities, private sector clients and nonprofits."

Hightower's Collaborative Firm also provides campaign cash to a plethora of politicians around Atlanta.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly known as the State Ethics Commission) show that Hightower's firm gave a total of $58,600 to several candidates, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May, and Democrat gubernatorial nominee Jason Carter.

The list of lawmakers receiving campaign cash from the firm of a convicted felon features state senators, state representatives, judges, county commissioners, and city council members.