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Old 11-15-2010, 10:46 AM
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Interesting article in the AJC that didn't seem to get a bunch of front page action.

Perdue draws ethics focus *| ajc.com

Perdue’s mingling of public and private business raises ethical and conflict of interest questions, ethics watchdogs say.
State law regarding the conduct of a public official reads, “It shall be unlawful for any full-time public official who has statewide powers, for himself or on behalf of any business, or for any business in which such public official or member of his family has a substantial interest to transact any business with any agency.”

Big political imprint
Perdue’s influence on Georgia’s two seaports will remain long after he leaves office in January. The governor has appointed or reappointed every member of the Ports Authority board — something any two-term governor would be expected to do. Yet he even appointed a cousin, David A. Perdue Jr., to the board last summer. All appointees will retain the power to approve bids, contracts, leases and more into 2011 and beyond.
Perdue’s businesses “are laying the groundwork so that when the Governor leaves office they will be in a position to start up an operation,” Hawkins, the ports sales manager, wrote in an August 2010 e-mail.
Perdue is one of Georgia’s largest independent grain dealers, if not its largest. His companies, AGrowStar LLC and Houston Fertilizer & Grain Co., own grain elevators in Bonaire, his hometown, Davisboro, Rosier, Calhoun, Wrens, Fort Valley and DeSoto.
AGrowStar became a U.S. Department of Agriculture-authorized grain exporter in 2008.
The governor’s trucking company, Perdue Inc., owns 15 truck cabs and employs 15 drivers and hauls grain and other products across the region. The company was certified by the Ports Authority in May 2009 and this year is listed in the authority’s directory of firms seeking ports-related business.
A month before Perdue appointed his cousin to the ports board, an earlier appointee, Alec Poitevint, who chaired Perdue’s 2002 campaign, was elected chairman. And Jim Lientz, a former chief operating officer in the Perdue administration, was elected vice chairman.
Al Scott, the Ports Authority board chairman in 2005 and a former Democratic state legislator, said Perdue’s businesses could benefit from a friendly board.

Thank God this corrupt Republican politician is finally vacating the Governor's office so we can get a fresh start with an honest replacement......

*googles "Nathan Deal corruption" *

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Old 11-15-2010, 11:05 AM
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Usually ports and trucking companies don't contract directly with one another, although I'm a lot less familiar with how grain shipping works. Usually the owner of the product negotiates directly with trucking companies, or if a logistics company (usually a international shipping line) is in charge they will subcontract the trucking directly.

I assume being on the list of GPA businesses and the certification are rubber stamps that basically any trucking company is able to obtain if they demonstrate interest and jump through some hoops. It's typically just an agreement between the port and the trucking company that the trucks are allowed to go there, not a guarantee of business by any means. Some port authorities don't even bother to go through that process, but GPA is a big one and security is an issue.

I don't see a smoking gun, in other words. But that doesn't mean sketchy stuff isn't going down.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:06 AM
Location: East Side of ATL
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I'm shocked...
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:41 PM
Location: Atlanta, GA
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No one else is going to jail, he might as well /s
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:05 PM
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In January, in an otherwise austere budget, Gov. Sonny Perdue requested $300 million in bonds to fund statewide transportation projects, with most of the money earmarked for projects to ease freight movement.
The biggest priority on the list — and at $121 million, the most expensive — was completion of the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway linking I-95 to the Port of Savannah. Trucking companies have complained for years about the delay caused by traffic jams into and out of the port. Perdue also requested $68 million to dredge the Savannah River to let deep-water vessels access the port.
However, few Georgians knew that in the months just before the governor’s announcement, representatives of his private trucking and grain businesses had been meeting repeatedly with port officials about how to increase the amount of business the Perdue companies do with Georgia ports.
As AJC reporter Dan Chapman documented in a story Sunday, one of those meetings included Perdue himself. According to Perdue’s spokesman, the governor got the same level of attention from port employees in those meetings as any other person seeking to do business with the port.
Somehow, I doubt that.
As one state employee explained in an internal e-mail last summer, Perdue and his employees “are laying the groundwork so that when the Governor leaves office they will be in a position to start up an operation.”
In effect, Perdue publicly pushed the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars in state money to improve infrastructure that would be a direct benefit to his private, post-politics business career.
I doubt Perdue saw it that way, of course. But it sure is remarkable how often the public interest — in this case, investments to boost the flow of trucks in and out of Georgia ports — happen to coincide with a politician’s self-interest.

I’ve also been reminded of this Fox 5 report, by Dale Russell, which documents a $100 million DOT project to widen a state highway that just happens to link property owned by Perdue and his trucking company to Interstate 75. The report also documents intense involvement on Perdue’s part in setting the project alignment and its scope.

Keeping things legal at state Capitol | Jay Bookman
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:44 PM
Location: Atlanta
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I would be outraged if I had any outrage energy left. I'm just wondering when will the "southern strategy" run its course.
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