Jim Walls at AtlantaUnfilterd.com has published a comprehensive look at the details behind the arrangement between the State and GSD, the salvage/inspection company co-owned by Nathan Deal. While the overall impression is that there’s no game-changer here from what we already know, some of the details are interesting, and appear to differ from previous statements from Deal and his campaign.
Specifically, Deal and his folks get indignant when you use the word contract, yet there was a 2004 bid that resulted in a contract for GSD that was then cancelled on a technicality. So, there was a “contract”.
More significant, however, is that the contract called for GSD to collect $60 for each car inspected, but remit $6 as a commission to the state, netting GSD $54 per car. Yet, with the cancellation of the contract, GSD continued to charge $100 per car. Jim Walls estimates this produced an additional $415,000 for Deal and his partner of “pure profit”.
Again, none of the above is likely to change a single vote for anyone currently aware of this contract/arrangement. The piece is worth reading as it does piece together and document the available paper trail as to what happened over the course of this enterprise. In short, Walls lists a long bullet-point list of facts. Each side is sure to interpret them as it suits their needs.