As Doug Richards at 11Alive is reporting this evening, fresh from the explanation concerning work State Representative Larry O’Neal (pictured, left) did as Governor Sonny Perdue’s personal attorney and later with revisions to the tax code as a legislator, comes information that O’Neal also has helped friends of Speaker Glenn Richardson.
On January 19, 2007, O’Neal (as a private attorney) filed papers with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office to establish the organization and corporation of MMV Consulting, LLC. As the paperwork filed with the Secretary of State’s office shows, MMV Consulting, LLC was the lobbying firm of Jarrell “Jay” Walker, Jr. (pictured, right), who was Speaker Richardson’s first Chief of Staff and later, obviously, a lobbyist. Indeed, Walker registered as a lobbyist with the the State Ethics Commission just five days later, on January 25, 2007. Walker, it should be noted, is no longer a registered lobbyist.
It is important to note that there is absolutely no suggestion, belief, or even hint of any illegality or that O’Neal was paid for this work. He very easily could have simply been helping out a young man establish his business with the Secretary of State’s office. But some are asking this evening just how much of an independent, free spirit a “Speaker Larry O’Neal” would be when he has such layered connections to the proverbial “Old Guard.”