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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:44 PM
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Zell Miller Returns Money to State of Georgia ($156,668)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050720/ap_on_re_us/brf_mil...

Zell Miller said Wednesday he has paid $156,668 to the state to resolve questions about money he kept from an entertainment allowance he received when he was governor. Miller, who retired from the U.S. Senate earlier this year, said he obeyed the law "by the strictest standards," but returned $112,956 plus interest to erase any doubts.

At issue is the $40,000 annual allowance Georgia governors receive for entertaining at the executive mansion. Atlanta's WSB-TV reported that Miller had kept and reported as income thousands of dollars that he did not spend from that allowance when he was governor from 1991 to 1999.

Miller cited a 1969 attorney general's opinion saying such allowances are part of a state official's gross income. Keeping the excess is legal, as long as taxes are paid on the amount, he said.

"It was legally mine," he said. "But rather than let people think Zell Miller has some taxpayers' money, I sent the whole thing back to them."
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samsingh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:47 PM
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1. and this thief was lecturing us??
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:50 PM
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2. Is this supposed to make me feel better about voting for this Jerk?
If I could take back only 1 vote I ever cast in my life, the vote for him to be U.S. Senator would be it.
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bunny planet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:59 PM
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3. DINO values.
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:10 PM
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4. And, it still never bought his sanity back
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:12 PM
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5. Your move, Mr. Schwarzenegger.
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Racenut20 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:13 PM
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6. Great American Hero according to Bernard,Charles & Imus
yeah yeah yeah.. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:25 PM
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7. not good enough
he needs to dueL over this. :mad:
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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:44 PM
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8. Zell; "Satan told me I could suck the soul out of a corpse." Warning gross
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Kelvin Mace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:20 PM
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9. Why is it not a crime if you give the money back?
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mudderfudder77 Donating Member (188 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 08:40 AM
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15. Because...
As the article states it was not a crime, but it looks shady. Best thing to do is return the money (even if he is not required to do so)...
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:28 PM
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10. why that's mighty white of ole' zell
man steals that much then gives it back must be an honest man.
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Robbins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:27 PM
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11. Zeil Miller
Why don't he also stop calling himself a Democrat. He gives Democrats a bad name.
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Jeff In Milwaukee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:29 PM
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12. It's a good start...
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 09:29 PM by Jeff In Milwaukee
Now if he'd just give back a proportional share of the deficit caused by the Bush Tax Cut, which he voted for, then we could call it square.
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:29 PM
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13. "Spitballs" Miller can go straight to hell.
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 07:44 AM
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14. kick
:kick:
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stanwyck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 09:02 AM
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16. Our ethical governors
didn't take the money in the first place. Only Zell.
He now has nailed the "crazy old coot" character actor role he's playing for the media. Every tic is in place.
Good job, Zell.
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 09:05 AM
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17. Too bad Georgia had to challenge him to a $157K duel.
Would have been fun, if he hadn't given in so quick. Damn.
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