Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Perdue might break PAC's piggy bank to push transportation 'reorg'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Dick Pettys of Insider Advantage reports the halls of the Gold Dome are abuzz with rumors that Gov. Sonny Perdue might use his PAC cash to push a proposed reorganization of the state transportation agencies.

Remember that mysterious Perdue PAC that Gov. Sonny Perdue started in 2007 with almost $800,000 in leftover campaign funds? Remember him explaining only vaguely how he planned to use the money “for educational purposes” and “for influencing public policy?”

He hasn’t spent any of the money yet, but sources on the Capitol’s second floor say he is considering employing it now, if necessary, to get his transportation governance measure through the Legislature.

Sources tell Insider that “all cards are on the table” as the governor ramps up efforts to get the measure through in an acceptable form.

The money potentially could be used to launch blast e-mails, run advertising campaigns and generate phone calls to lawmakers both before and after the session ends.

The governor is said to be considering “all means necessary” to get the bill passed and is said to consider this a true “legacy” issue.

Please, we take back what we said about the boat ramps! You've done enough, sir!

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