It pays to be Governor.
At least it does if your name is Nathan Deal.
Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Deal’s personal finances have made a dramatic turnaround.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Gov. Deal “paid off much of his debt while increasing his net worth by about $1 million since he took office” — in large part because he sold his junkyard to the state’s largest corporate tax debtor.
Gov. Deal’s own accountant said, “He’s in much better shape. It’s not even close. He’s dramatically better off now. If you look four years ago, when his net worth was $2.8 million, his debt was way up there.”
But there’s even more to the story of Deal’s turnaround.
His personal income has grown from $76,474 the year before he became governor to nearly $1.9 million while in office.
For those of you keeping track at home, he earns a base salary of $139,339 as governor.
So, what’s the secret behind Gov. Deal’s get-rich-quick-while-in-public-office scheme?
Every month, Nathan Deal pockets $14,500 in rent and mortgage payments – from a California sex shop owner and a corporation that owes Georgia $74 million in back taxes.
His questionable income is more than twice what he makes as governor.
It’s outrageous that, while serving as our governor, Nathan Deal has made most of his money through ongoing business relationships with a porn dealer and a corporate tax cheat.
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Make no mistake.
Gov. Deal is laughing all the way to the bank, while Georgia taxpayers are stuck with his bills.
And that’s just not right.