I have now seen the Larry O’Neal story. Pete has captured the gist of it accurately.
I think the story, upon further reflection, seems to be a bit of dirty pool or amateur journalism — perhaps we should have run it here as opposed to 11 Alive.
What I mean is that O’Neal is a lawyer. He does corporate transactions including the incorporation of businesses. A lot of Republicans send business to him because they know him, trust him, and know the quality of his work.
When I was winding down my law practice I referred people to him, not that I know if he knows that.
In any event, the gist of the story is that Larry O’Neal did his job. He incorporated some businesses for friends. There is no allegation that he had any business interest in the companies, etc. He just incorporated a business.
The problem seems to be he did it for some of the young, up and coming guys who hang around with the Republicans in Atlanta. If we’re going to go all guilt by association, 11 Alive might want to dig into some of the Democrats in the legislature who do the same thing.