Donation to Davis initiates scrutiny

TUPELO – The national Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority could launch an investigation into a $500 campaign contribution made to Ward 4 City Council incumbent Nettie Davis.
Davis listed the contribution from AKA’s Tupelo chapter, Nu Sigma Omega, in her campaign finance report released April 28. The public record showed the donation was made on March 21.
The sorority’s Web site for the southeastern region identifies Davis as president of the Tupelo chapter, a title Davis acknowledges.
According to AKA spokeswoman Melody McDowell, individual sorority members can endorse and support candidates, but it’s not the policy of the sorority itself to do so.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha is nonpartisan as a 501(c)(7) fraternal organization, and we do not endorse any candidates for elected positions as an organization,” McDowell wrote in an e-mail.
“If this did, indeed, occur, the chapter has violated our policy and we will launch an investigation into this breach,” she said.
Davis said members of the local chapter voted on the contribution before it was approved and that the money came from their dues. She refused to discuss it further, saying the Daily Journal was intruding in her personal business.
Davis, a Democrat, faces Republican challenger Rhonda Betts in the June 2 general election.

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

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