A mountain of debt at the voting rights organization of Stacey Abrams has resulted in dozens of layoffs as the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and election denier struggles to keep her pet project afloat.
News of Abrams’ plight, first reported by the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, comes as Fair Fight, founded in the wake of her 2018 loss, faces a “restructuring” of its $2.5 million in debt. Finance records indicate Fair Fight has just $1.9 million in cash on hand.
Lauren Groh-Wargo, a top aide to Abrams during her second run for governor in 2021, said in an interview she will be returning to manage the cuts, which amount to between 25 and 75 percent of all staff.
The layoffs, approved by the group’s board, will decimate a liberal organization that arguably delivered two U.S. Senate seats for Democrats and helped President Joe Biden narrowly win Georgia in 2020. Fair Fight has raised more than $100 million since its inception.
Much of the group’s financial bleed can be attributed to protracted legal battles. After True the Vote, a conservative voter organization, attempted in 2020 to throw out 250,000 voter registrations, Fair Fight pursued a court battle for more than three years. Last week a federal court ruled against Fair Fight. A second case against the state of Georgia over absentee ballot restrictions resulted in a loss and an order to pay the state back $231,000 in legal costs.
After losing her rematch to Republican Governor Brian Kemp in 2022, Abrams distanced herself from the day-to-day operations of Fair Fight. Not long after, the group warned that its national fundraising outreach was drying up ahead of the 2024 elections, sidelining a major organizational arm of the Democratic Party in a key swing state. Polling from earlier this month gives former President Donald Trump an eight-point lead over President Joe Biden.
The Peace State is also the site of a contentious legal case against President Trump brought by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. After bringing the Republican frontrunner in for his first-ever mugshot, throngs of diverse supporters lined the streets for his motorcades, an ominous sign for Democrats who are watching Black and Latino voters flee Biden in droves.