A new investigation from ProPublica reveals that Senator David Perdue “privately pushed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to give wealthy sports owners a lucrative tax break last year.” The previously unreported letter obtained by ProPublica was written and signed only by Senator Perdue and focused on one “extremely narrow rule” affecting “only a small set of the richest Americans.”
Before he ran for office, David Perdue was a top corporate executive for Reebok when the company “inked major licensing deals” with professional sports leagues. A review of political donations by ProPublica shows Senator Perdue “has taken more than $425,000 from the owners of professional sports teams and their relatives” — including his Senate colleague Kelly Loeffler, who is the co-owner of a WNBA team in Atlanta. Senator Perdue refused to answer questions about what prompted his lobbying for a lucrative tax break for wealthy sports team owners, and Senator Loeffler refused to answer questions about whether she discussed the tax break regulation with Perdue.
“Senator Perdue keeps finding new ways to show Georgia voters he’s a corrupt and self-dealing Washington politician who only looks out for himself, his rich friends, and the ultra-wealthy special interests that fund his campaigns,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “By privately abusing his office to try to rig the rules to shower more tax breaks on the richest Americans, Senator Perdue is proving to regular Georgians why he’s lost their trust.”
By Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott
November 20, 2020
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