Chip Rogers has lost his contract with Georgia Public Broadcasting.
It’s hard to say that he was “fired” because he never had much of a job to begin with. GPB immediately hired an assistant to do the work for Chip.
And now it appears that Chip may have kept a desk in a private lobbying group instead of logging his hours at GPB.
Over the weekend, taxpayers learned that Chip Rogers seems to have worked full-time for a hotel owners association even while he collected his $150,000 annual salary from Georgia taxpayers.
How did we get here?
In 2012, after losing his Majority Leader position in the wake of the Agenda 21 conspiracy scandal, Chip Rogers announced he was retiring from the Senate to take a cushy job at Georgia Public Broadcasting. He thanked Gov. Deal for the opportunity.
In early 2013, just before he started “work,” Chip’s shocking taxpayer-funded salary was announced, making him the second-highest paid employee at GPB.
It was the kind of sweetheart deal that only Gov. Nathan Deal could arrange.
Gov. Deal created the economic development program that paid Chip Rogers’ $150,000 salary directly from our tax dollars instead of GPB’s donations.
Gov. Deal also called a meeting in his office on Nov. 2, 2012 to introduce then Senate Majority Leader Rogers to Teya Ryan, president of GPB. Three of Deal’s top staffers attended the meeting.
And now, after the political payout seems to be complete, Gov. Deal hopes you will forget he was ever involved.
The Chip Rogers saga has been a disaster for taxpayers and for public trust in our government.
Better Georgia has worked hard to call out cronyism at the Gold Dome, including our “Fire Chip Rogers” campaign. Our success comes entirely from supporters like you.
Let’s keep the momentum going. Chip in $8 today.