Last time, you recall, I asked if Perdue’s tax scandal would take down Cagle. Looks like Casey started to wonder the same thing so he finally outted the father of Sonny’s $100,000 provision. You’ll never believe who it was…
From Jay Bookman in today’s AJC (link below):
So, who inserted the provision into law?
Every tax change in HB 488 — except one — was requested by the state Department of Revenue. The sole exception was the retroactive provision that benefited Perdue.
According to minutes of the Senate Finance Committee meeting supplied by Cagle’s campaign staff, that someone was state Rep. Larry O’Neal (R-Warner Robins), chief sponsor of HB 488 and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Despite earlier claims from Perdue that he had ruled out buying property in Georgia to avoid possible conflicts of interest, Salzer found that in 2004 the governor had purchased 100 acres of land in Houston County, where he and O’Neal live.
The attorney in that transaction, and in the later creation of a limited partnership for Perdue and his wife, Mary, was O’Neal. He is a tax attorney, and his office is located in Bonaire, Perdue’s hometown. (It would be interesting to know who prepared the tax return in which Perdue took the controversial deferral; that’s among the questions the governor refuses to answer.)