Posted: 6:00 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Behind film mogul Tyler Perry’s surprising donation to Nathan Deal 

By Greg Bluestein

Filmmaker Tyler Perry has given generously to Democratic causes - and Gov. Nathan Deal.

Filmmaker Tyler Perry has given generously to Democratic causes – and Gov. Nathan Deal.

Tyler Perry has hosted two fundraisers for President Barack Obama that have raised more than $500,000 for his re-election campaign. He’s given generously to Democratic causes. And he’s pumped more than $5,000 into Michelle Nunn’s campaign for Senate.

Which helps explain the Democratic hand-wringing upon the discovery that the film mogul and his company gave Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign $12,600 for his bid for another term.

Perry is also a donor to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, a Deal ally who recently helped cement the deal to sell about two-thirds of sprawling Fort McPherson to the filmmaker for a future studio.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, who has criticized the deal for lacking transparency, said he’s “concerned that there’s a perception that the Fort McPherson deal was influenced by politics.

Perry’s representative declined to comment on his support for the governor in an email to our colleague Steve Visser. But Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said any attempt to link a deal worth more than $30 million to a campaign donation hardly topping $10,000 is “ridiculous.”

Robinson said Reed approached the governor’s office about Perry’s interest in the property and Deal’s aides stepped aside to let city officials explore the opportunities. The sale was approved last week by a civilian redevelopment agency, but the Pentagon has the final say on the transaction.

“We’ve looked for uses for this property for years. It’s irrelevant that Tyler Perry contributed to the campaign,” said Robinson. “We prioritize private sector job creation and we’ve particularly courted the film industry. It’s at the heart of the governor’s strong relationship with the mayor.”

He did, however, spin out another political benefit to the donation.

“It shows we are reaching out to people who traditionally give to Democrats.”

125 comments
kicking05
kicking05

Maybe its time to reassess Tyler Perry. People forget how they got where or how they got where their at sometimes

ExpandGAMedicaid
ExpandGAMedicaid

650,000 Georgians woke up this Sunday morning uninsured because Deal rejected the Medicaid expansion. Our state also lost BILLIONS in revenue and jobs for the healthcare workforce that the expansion would have brought. Now our rural hospitals are closing because patients don't have insurance to pay. Why are we supporting Nathan Deal? Why does Tyler Perry support him? 


http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/expand-georgia-medicaid?source=c.em&r_by=11029701


https://www.facebook.com/expandgeorgiamedicaid

dreluv
dreluv

Lost trust in Tyler Perry..Nathan Deal have hunted more poor people in Georgia and he call black grandmother Ghetto I will never go see Tyler Perry movie again.

sold1000
sold1000

Just follow the dirty bead sheet trail.  What' funny is that Tyler Perry plays a "Ghetto Grandmother" as Madea but will donate to the man that could care less about them...SMDH...

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

But Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said any attempt to link a deal worth more than $30 million to a campaign donation hardly topping $10,000 is “ridiculous.”

No it's not - it happens all the time. It seems ridiculous, sure, but that's what they say and expect people to think; it's one of those things that provides cover precisely because of that. A Governor or member of Congress secures a billion dollars in handouts and favors for people during his or her term, and collects a few hundred thousand dollars for their re-election efforts in exchange.

mar1049
mar1049

Why you folks so worried about what Perry does with his money. If he wants to give it to the man on the moon so what. Where were all your comments when he helped those needy people from time to time. 

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

$12,000 could have went a long way to feed a bunch of the city's innumerable homeless, or help some underprivileged kids get a few new notebooks and accessories. 


Perhaps it could have also been used to help revive the Greenbriar Mall area, which Perry's expansive studio resides in. You know, the area Perry claimed he would help revitalize but has instead ignored.



JacketMan
JacketMan

If it looks like a skunk, and smells like a skunk, chances are, it's a skunk. Even if it isn't, this "deal" sure smells bad for Perry and the "good" Governor.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Evening tv news is reporting there was another offer on the table for the property. Tyler Perry drops $12,600 in Deal's bank account, and it's a done deal. Might get interesting when the details of the competing proposal are made public.

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

lots of whining from those who wanrted the Ft Mac deal but d*cked around for 3 years with no money, so here comes Tyler with a fat wallet. Money talks. Much of the "outrage" is it will be harder to extort money from Tyler because he is Black and not some rich white guy to stick it to

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

Tyler is a smart man and wants his money on the winning horse here, he knows Carter will lose

Bernie31
Bernie31

Wat is in de Water in ATlanta...We gots Madea payin de Yell teeth Governor to keep his OPPRESSING going strong. We gots Jaybob over dere Praising de likes of Ted cruz de fun loving lover of de Segregationist Strom thurmond. 


Sumpin strange goin on wit Ya'll Taday!


Sumpin real strange......


Laurie1113
Laurie1113

another reason not to like Tyler Perry...

cc423
cc423

PULEEEEEZE! This is as sleazy as it gets. And so freaking obvious. Deal's paid shill can deflect all he wants, but Perry wants Ft. McPherson REALLY BADLY and the only way to get it is to pay off Reed and his buddy Deal. There is a reason our State consistently ranks as one of the most corrupt... and this is a perfect example.

sold1000
sold1000

All I can say is follow the trail of bed sheets...who's zooming who.  Please know...that the @#$% always hits the fan and the dirt will come out in the wash. They aren't fooling anybody.  Just wait on the other shoe to drop.

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

And the "Nunn partnered with lobbyists in land deal" article is magically behind the pay wall.  After all, she is a Dem, so have to keep that one quiet.....


The AJC and JG biased?  What?  No way.....who would've thought.

JackClemens
JackClemens

Kasim Reed wants to undercut Carter and Nunn, because he wants to be able to pick which of those two offices he wants to run for and does not want an incumbent Democrat to be in either one of them.

anothercomment
anothercomment

Who wants to bet that as soon as this Deal is approved Carter will get the same amount.  One can only guess that Better Georgia the Pac has gotten more significant amounts. Or that a fundraiser in October for Carter will be held in a certain house on W. Paces Ferry or at the Studio.


This is a small amount to make a deal go through.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

A perfect example of bipartisan crookedness. Both Deal and Reed are corrupt--I've long been convinced of that. This has Reed's hands all over it, especially since he has spent most of his time as mayor hanging out with the city's entertainment community, schmoozing it up with the stars while simultaneously forcing the legions of poor people who support all the urban stars (rappers, singers, actors and Perry) out of the city.

Reed is disgusting. And so is Deal. And the irony is quite apparent. The many African American churchgoers who herald Perry's films aren't likely to be enthused with news that he supports a Republican candidate who has done nothing whatsoever to enhance the lives of people in their communities. In fact, at times, he's seemed almost hostile to the plight of people of color in this state.

I've yet to understand why either Perry or Reed enjoy so much support in the black community.

Bernie31
Bernie31

De word is de Baby making quick marrying Bootlickin Mayor is on de horn now. He now trying to stop this Mudslide of good will from washin away. Tyler, even Harriet Tubman is Very Angry wit YEW!

Harriet said "If she could BUST YOU up side dat Gigantic Head of your'n ....She Would!"

de Truf.

Charles50
Charles50

I'm sorry, but this is one of those if it quacks like a duck....Of course I'm disappointed in Tyler, but also realize that he is a businessman.  People in business contribute to both sides.  Just wish he had given Michelle as much as he gave to Shady Deal.  Of course, this coming to light might force him to do so.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RadicalRuralDem uh...huh...Right... Okey Dokey....Allrightey... WINK! WINK!...heh...hehe..heh..heh ...heh...HEE...hEE...HEE.. Ha ..Ha..Ha.Ha. Hah..Haha LOL...LOL.. RoFL...LMBAO....are yer Kiddin ME?


This Financial Contribution (Payoff) of This for DAT, is as Clear as the Governor's  Teeth is YELLA with Bad Breath dat could STOP a Charging Elephant.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@mar1049 - There is a Very Serious Concern when you have a Racist Yella Teeth Governor using the Term GHETTO Grandmothers in a campaign Talk with rural WHITE Republican Georgians. A Term that is clearly without ambiguity as to whom and which Group of Georgians he is referring too! In this case it was specifically OLDER POOR and Black WOMEN as a specific group.


What makes Tyler Perry and His company's campaign CONTRIBUTION (REALLY A FINANCIAL PAYOFF TO GOVERNOR YELLA TEETH'S RE-ELECTION) so Egregious and Offensive is that Tyler and his Wealth has all been generated and supported with the financial

influx of money in supporting Tyler's Movies and Productions. Movies and Productions that were wholly and soundly rejected by the Movie and Entertainment Industry as Not A Worthwhile Investment. Also Movies and Productions that are not supported or even seen by Your average White Republican and tea Party Citizenry. The same Group that Governor yella teeth is a member of which He is personally and stubbornly behind and preventing Federal Government Assistance that is so desperately in Need by the so Called Ghetto GrandMothers and their respective Families. These Women who represent to Georgia and The Nation as the Largest Number of Head of  Single Parent Households which makes for as much as (80%) of African American Households. These are the women who GET Up every morning and GO to work for as long as 12-16 hours a day fro very Low wages in their attempts to make sure their Children are not brought into the ever increasing CYCLE of the Prison Pipeline. 


Why would the Ignorant Yella teeth Governor, choose to attack these Contributing and resourceful Citizens of the State and Nation? Hatred, Racism and Bigotry is the only REASON! 

There is no other Reason at all for these so called God Fearing Christian Jesus Lovin Teaching, Following Pretending and Claiming Georgia residents. To make this their Groups Target of Hatred and Government assistance PREVENTION! The Poorest and the most NEEDIEST Among US!


What a Disgusting and Evil LOT! Only an Evil and Hateful People would do such a thing. Even Jesus himself would question the intent of such comments and Hate speech as not Nice,Helpful and downright WRONG!


However Governor Yella Teeth and his merry miscreants of like thinking supporters thought such references were Humorous and Funny. as you can see in the Youtube Video of the said comments below, Look at it yourself and YOU make the decision whether or not Tyler's contribution who is well with in his God Given American Right to support whomever he chooses. So take a peek at Governor Yella Teeth's Vile comments and tell me if you were one of the so called Ghetto Grandmothers if you would be OK with Tyler's decision in Silence and without comment would be something you would call a WISE Business Decision. We as a People expect such ACTS and Behavior from the Baby Making Mayor Of Atlanta. For this Boot licking and loving Mayor has been French Kissing this PIG for a very Long time. Such Acts are his MO. Not Tyler Perry as a RULE.


Ghetto Grandmothers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4zfxnSKI3Y

Uploaded on Oct 5, 2009

At a Saturday 10/3/09 breakfast of the Cherokee County GOP, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal makes a reference to "ghetto grandmothers" who don't have birth certificates. He apologized for his use of the term the following Monday.


Bernie31
Bernie31

@SouthernDem - Talk about being Delusional, uninformed, and Stupid. You are the King of Ignorance.....Truly!


How is this Tyler's responsibility? if you are correct in yer thinking den where is my 40 acres and a MULE?


if you were to add interest and adjust for inflation....Hmmm I would say about (50) Fifty Million would be Fair. fer each of US!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@sold1000 - Those who are in the know, are acutely aware of yer comment of Whose Zooming who in this Dirty Deal. Such DEALS are always on the DOWN LOW, when you find them. We ain't talkin no Bed sheets either! De Bed ain't big enough for these Three.

Somebody is goin ta get de short stick.  It ain't goin be de Teflon Covered Yella Teeth Governor, either!

SockPuppet3
SockPuppet3

@dcdcdc  that Mary Martin sure has a LOT of money for being such a community loving  "charity executive".

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@dcdcdc She's not a politician YET so if she did it  still is not considered "pay for play" nor would it meet a federal corruption charge.  Nathan Deal and Kasim Reed on on the other their actions would meet all of the above because they are Politicians.  Just as I did not vote for Kasim Reed because he is ethically bankrupt I would do the same with Michelle Nunn if the need arises.  I do not vote for everyone who has a D behind their name.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@JackClemens - You is one of de Smart ones Here! Darkness is a Slick One...

He ain't like de rest of em....he know how to use his Big HEAD! and de Udder one too!

uh...huh

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

@JackClemens I'm sure. But I've yet to see any evidence that he's performed well as mayor. Reed is an opportunist and a crook. And I still find it ironic that he was a latecomer to marriage equality while all the while running around the city impregnating political groupies.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@SouthernDem Well this is one African American that does not, did not vote for, and never have supported Kasim Reed.  I was done with him when he threw the street vendors under the bus.  You know average working Americans who supported their families selling sodas, cookies and chips downtown.  Kasim Reed is an a$$ hole.  

JackClemens
JackClemens

@SouthernDem Kasim Reed wants to undercut Carter and Nunn, because he wants to be able to pick which of those two offices he wants to run for and does not want an incumbent Democrat to be in either one of them.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

@Bernie31 You are a Neanderthal, and a bigot as well. Your posts are never meaningful, relevant or factual--and they are absolutely NOT entertaining. However, today, you've outdone yourself. Too bad the AJC doesn't ban users because I'd be happy to recommend you for it.

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@Bernie31 @SouthernDem Except that that number would equal $2,250,000,000,000,000 (also known as $2.25 quadrillion dollars). You know, 140 times the size of the entire US economy and 30 times the size of the entire world's economy. Stop being ridiculous. 

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser I actually like Mayor Reed and think he has done a good job with cleaning up the streets and being a pretty good steward of the tax payers money. I worked with him on a bill when he was in the state Senate and he listened to the pitch and added some suggestions as to how to improve the bill. He was then the only Democrat to co-sponsor the bill when it was introduced.  

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@SouthernDem @Bernie31 

Bernie has recently been banned, it appears, from Bookman and Wingfield's blogs.

About time, too.

Maybe Galloway will catch up.  One can only hope.

cc423
cc423

@td1234 @Charles50 What should she have done? She is speaking to all of the voters... not just the ones she wants huge checks from and will owe favors to later.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RadicalRuralDem - Dats what YEW OWE! but the 50 Million as yer can see is a Fair Settlement Offer....and quite a Low one if on considers All of the Pain and Suffering, Raping, Murdering, Beating, Shooting, Physical and Mentally abusing an entire Race of People based on Skin Color Alone. Yer got one Heck of a Deal and yer gettin off cheap!


But ALL know doing de Right thang Aint't Your Peoples Cup of Tea. 

Yer like to hide behind dat Flag and yell Freedom while denying to all around you and leaving dat Freedom only fer you.


uh...huh.


SouthernDem
SouthernDem

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Reed hasn't done anything other than enrich himself at the expense of taxpayers--and at the luxury of big business. I get it: He's friends with President Obama, Nathan Deal, and Arthur Blank. And exactly what has that done for poor Atlantans? Here's a hint: Not one damned thing.


Reed is so pathetic that he has yet to even address the potential closing of the Peachtree and Pine shelter. But of course, he probably won't since homelessness has skyrocketed under his watch. No way is Reed gubernatorial or senatorial material.

cc423
cc423

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser Cleaned up what streets? I invite you to my downtown neighborhood where none of my neighbors walk the streets after dark... where the sidewalks are so beat up you have to walk in the street... where teenagers have been breaking into cars, stealing purses from restaurants and robbing people on the street all summer long. REED HAS DONE NOTHING FOR US.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser No wonder I don't like him td1234 does so that confirms that my gutt instinct is correct about Reed.  You see how different we are td1234 I don't just vote for someone because they have a D behind their name I also look at integrity, morals and ethics.  All of which Reed is missing.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@NorthAtlanta - Yep! We gots to shut dis one up! He makin too much cents.

FREEDOM!

uh..huh

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@Bernie31 @RadicalRuralDem The money doesn't exist, dum-dum. The entire economic output of the entire world is a mere fraction of what you stated, so no: you haven't earned yet, or else it would exist. Just admit you crapped out a random number and now look like an idiot for stating it.


I'm probably more of a liberal than you are, and the flag is obviously in jest. Please stop embarrassing Democrats, learn about economics and also how to type, and stop typing noises you make when you agree with yourself.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@cc423 @td1234 @StraightNoChaser I wonder if td1234 would go jogging on the beltline trails where women have been getting the hell beat out of them lately.  Who in their right mind would go along with a deal to make trails and bike routes on the west side of Atlanta for people to jog or ride their bikes on and who in their right mind would do so because a politician or millionaire told them to? Who does that?

Bernie31
Bernie31

@RadicalRuralDem - hmmm if I was ta stop to axe any People of color, dey would agree wit ME, more dan dey would agree wit YOU! 

Pookie is no longer axing fer it...He and his miscreant friends are now jest knocking yer in de Head and takin it. Ya better grow sum eyes in de bak of dat big head of yourn and take yer whuppin like a MAN. cause its a coming! if ya sleepin and not lookin. 


Why not take a slow walk down de trail of tears the BOOT lickin Mayor built jest fer you. Now he jest plan ta take pichures of ya gettin whupped and yer money took. If Pookie is wearing a Mask dem camaras ain't goin do yer no good. Ya will just be gettin yer butt whupped by a Masked Man.

 and all dey gots is pichures and Jokes of yew gettin Whupped!

Ya know APD ain't dat good bout solving crime..dey never have been good at it. Jest you wait...take it slow and whistle Dixie as yer admire all dem pretty flowers. Soon ya will see...Hopping down de Bunny Trail, de one yer Never wanted ta see.