The businesswoman poised to replace Senator Johnny Isakson may be unknown to voters -- but she's been a very active donor to Republican and a few Democratic causes.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will reportedly appoint Kelly Loeffler to the seat this week.
Her public face is that of an owner of Atlanta's professional women's basketball team, the Atlanta Dream. Her political face is backstage, in 144 donations listed on the Federal Election Commission's website-- $606,200 just since the start of last year, almost all of them to Republican causes.
As teenager, Loeffler's online resume shows she worked on her family farm in Illinois, and as a waitress in high school. After college, she got into the financial industry.
Her career appeared to take off after she got a job at a company called Intercontinental Exchange, and then married its CEO Jeff Sprecher. In 2013, Sprecher's company bought the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange.
Wallmine lists Sprecher's net worth at $496 million, which means as a politician, his wife may have the means to finance a statewide election.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who is pro-life, is coming under fire today for selecting a Planned Parenthood activist as his appointee for an open Georgia Senate seat.
Kemp signed into law a bill the state legislature approved that bans abortions when an unborn baby’s heart begins beating. That what make his appointment of Kelly Loeffler to replace U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson so questionable.
[...] “Kelly Loeffler’s position on the board of Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the largest purveyors of abortion in Georgia and a training ground for abortionists, should disqualify her from representing the state in the U.S. Senate,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
[...] The Examiner speculated that Kemp favors her because she “would affirm his support for women and diversity,” and she could “self-fund her races and keep the seat in GOP hands for years.”
[...] Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action, told the news outlet before the selection that Grady is one of the top abortion performing hospitals in Georgia, and Loeffler sits on the board.
“She has donated thousands of dollars to liberal and pro-abortion Democrats,” McClusky said. “It would be hugely disappointing if Governor Kemp appoints her to a critical seat in the U.S. Senate. After the Senate gains made by conservative and pro-life candidates in the 2018 election, this would be a huge setback.”
Another victory for True Conservatism™!
The dumbest part about Kemp picking someone over Collins is he said picking a woman or minority would help appeal to the Atlanta suburbs... there's absolutely no evidence of that. Ask Sen. Tim Scott about the huge difference he received over Lindsey Graham w/ black voters https://t.co/KSuH6eKJGn