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Judge to decide on subpoenas in Abrams' campaign finance case

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Fuller also pointed to mass emails from Abrams' campaign that gave updates, talking points and advice for how to raise money.

But those emails don't amount to direct communications that would justify an allegation of illegal campaign coordination, said Joyce Gist Lewis, an attorney for the Abrams campaign.

Since the campaign finance agency hasn't found anything improper, it's trying to dig into personal emails and other documents unrelated to the allegations, Lewis said.

"Maybe they really just have nothing and they're looking for some place to hang their hat," Lewis said. "They're hoping to get it through this court."

Emadi announced he would subpoena Abrams' campaign records days after the commission appointed him to lead the agency in April.

The agency sought all correspondence between the campaign and a number of groups that registered and mobilized voters, many with a focus on energizing minorities.


Emadi said at the time that he intended to present evidence that the groups' donations exceeded contribution limits. Abrams' attorneys have denied that claim.

Abrams' supporters say Emadi, a former officer in the Douglas County GOP who donated $600 to Kemp's campaign, is biased. Emadi declined to comment after Thursday's court hearing.

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