February 9, 2020
Nancy New (left) and former Mississippi Department of Human Services Executive Director John Davis (third from left) are among those charged with a "sprawling conspiracy" to embezzle government funds that were meant for needy families. Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (second from right) often appeared with New at events for her DHS-funded programs, including Families First for Mississippi. New donated to a number of top state Republicans, including U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (right). The men second and fourth from left are not part of this story. Photo Families First for Mississippi Facebook page
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At least two people who donated significant sums to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' campaign allegedly engaged in what the state's top elected official calls a "disgusting abuse of power."