Report: As lawmaker, Chip Rogers oversaw handicapping, casino mailings

Remember David Michaels, the Emory University student interning for Jim Walls and Atlanta Unfiltered? He’s at it again:

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, while serving as a freshman legislator, regularly oversaw production of promotional mailings that advertised over-the-phone sports handicapping services and an offshore casino, former printers and a onetime associate in the handicapping industry say.

Two Atlanta-area printing companies worked closely with Rogers between 1998 and 2004 to produce the promotional booklets, called Schedules USA, according to the former owner of one printer and a former employee of both businesses. The booklets contained game schedules and extensive advertising for the online Oasis Casino & Sportsbook, based in Curacao, as well as ads for pay-per-call tip lines that offered gambling advice.

Neither Rogers nor his re-election campaign offer a response in the article. Rogers faces a challenge from Brandon Beach of Alpharetta on Tuesday.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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37 comments Add your comment

Mr. KnowitAll

July 26th, 2012
1:22 pm

Nice Job, Jim, slinging mud. You have distinguished yourself as the TMZ, the Nat’l Inquirer, the nasty underbelly of political discourse in the AJC.

Additionally, you seem to have a particular propensity to sling crap at Chip Rogers. It wouldn’t be because Cox Enterprises steers the Chamber of Commerce and Chip Rogers isn’t towing the line–is it?

I am not surprised at the AJC. But I am disappointed in you and your journalistic neutrality and integrity.

ByteMe

July 26th, 2012
1:23 pm

Prediction: he blames the “liberal media” or “gotcha journalism” instead of addressing the substance of the charges. In fact, I predict that I will be able to fill out my “It’s Everone Else’s Fault But Mine” bingo card with his responses.

Look before I leap...

July 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

@MrKnowitAll

It’s only “slinging mud” if it’s untrue. Got any facts to refute the allegations?

Marlboro Man

July 26th, 2012
1:36 pm

Rodgers and his sideman Graves stole from Bartow Co Bank. Crooks.

Look before I leap...

July 26th, 2012
1:40 pm

@Marlboro Man
According to some who post regularly here, borrowing money that never gets repaid is NOT the same as stealing and it is the bank’s fault for lending to people who could never pay it back.

Personally, I agree with you, Graves and Rodgers are both dodgy lil buggers who are as crooked as a summer day is long.

Reality Check

July 26th, 2012
1:41 pm

This seems like a bit of a stretch to try and smear a high ranking Republican. Michaels and quite a few Emory students were hired by Democrats to trash Republicans.

I’m not saying that this is a completely lie but I also have never see Galloway ask Mr. Michaels – an Emory student, why he seems so interested in Chip?

Jim – have you looked into why David Michaels is doing this? My guess is no because the AJC knew all about this as well.

Marlboro Man

July 26th, 2012
1:42 pm

The stockholders that lost everything feel quite different.

Auntie Christ

July 26th, 2012
1:44 pm

Jim it is the job of the media to go after Obama 24/7/365 and find evidence of his Kenyan birth, his hatred of Amerka, his and membership in secret Muslim cabals. It is not your job to report on the shady dealings of republicans. It is very disappointing that on a blog entitled “political insider,” that we find stories of politics and politicians. It is especially disappointing that sometimes 90% of this information concerns republicans, who comprise only 89% of the politicians in the state. This is clearly librul media bias. I intend to write a strongly worded letter to your superiors!

yellowdog

July 26th, 2012
1:46 pm

here we go again; no “liberal” comments or thoughts allowed; only those of the “lockstep” GOPs. critical thinking and thoughtful consideration of factual info long since gone from the political landscape; only sticks and stones; grow up; rogers and his ilk should not be allowed to sit…..period. vote him out

catlady

July 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

Mrknowitall–It is because Mr. Rogers has done so many things that really could never be called “family values” or Christian.

Mandingo

July 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

Chip Rogers is the epitome of what Georgia Johnny Reb voters value…. He will win re-election easily and continue to lead the fight against President Obama’s liberal socialist agenda with his conservative Southern Baptist roots.

yuzeyurbrane

July 26th, 2012
1:59 pm

Kill the messenger. Georgia voters like crooks.

Just Nasty & Mean

July 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

well…so what? Is what he did illegal? Is it OK for someone to earn a living outside of being a Senator? Is there some ultimate judge that decides what job—legal or nor—that decides what elected officials can do outside of being an elected official?

Maybe Jim can answer these questions–which would answer the question of why he participates in this gutter journalism.

DannyX

July 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

“…which would answer the question of why he participates in this gutter journalism.”

Your screen name is “Just Nasty & Mean,” but yet you have a problem with this so-called “gutter journalism?” Weird.

sheepdawg

July 26th, 2012
2:17 pm

i hope the voters finally realize what a sleezeball rogers is

Road Scholar

July 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

If he wasn’t a crook, why did he sell his interest to a shady person for $10K and “other items of value” (wink wink) on a $2M loan!????!

Road Scholar

July 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

yuz: Unless it involves Tsplost….and their allegations that GDOT is crooked.

muddy waters

July 26th, 2012
2:25 pm

Aren’t there ethical right wingers who can beat this guy in the primary?

Mandingo

July 26th, 2012
2:40 pm

A lot of the elected officials in Georgia lost a lot of money trying to be Johnny Reb Bankers. No regulation , no experience, no morals, no problem. The federal government and the FDIC are spending billions of dollars in bailout money ( # 1 in the nation ) trying to keep the Georgia house of cards community banking system from totally collapsing. Chip Rogers will lead the fight to legalize casino gambling. Callaway Gardens in Columbus will be the premier gambling resort. The cycle will repeat itself. No regulation , no experience, no morals , no problem. Pawn shops, drug & alcohol treatment centers, marriage and family therapists will flourish. This is want Georgia wants. We earned it.

John Smith

July 26th, 2012
2:43 pm

OK, lets cut to the chase. This publication was an example of GOOD INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING. I would have trouble comparing it to TMZ, since what they do is just plain bad journalism; failing to attribute every piece of information, citing roughly 90% of anonymous sources, etc. The fact that Atlanta Unfiltered got sources on the record to show that Chip was involved in ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES is an example of what INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING IS ALL ABOUT: EXPOSING CORRUPTION. Frankly, it DOESN’T MATTER IF HE’S DEM OR REP: he’s a politician, and the fact that he was involved in this industry is plain wrong.

If Obama, McCain, Romney, Clinton, etc. etc. etc. were involved in something like this, people would be GLAD the media reported on this. Just because Chip doesn’t hold as high a position as these people, it doesn’t make this article any less significant — he was, after all, voted into office like the rest of them.

Hypocrite Hunter

July 26th, 2012
2:55 pm

Can we please possibly discuss an issue relevant to the taxpayers of the state? This is no more an issue that Brandon Beach being in Ralph Reed’s inner circle while the Jack Abramoff/casino gambling stuff was going on. This is about TSplosts and immigration policy and tax policy and school choice…categories where the differences are clear. If you have to get to what either of these guys were doing in 2004, legally, during their business time…you haven’t got enough to do and should write in somebody. Just sayin’

Hypocrite Hunter

July 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

@JS…what was illegal? Not being confrontational…I just apparently missed something.

John Smith

July 26th, 2012
2:59 pm

@HH… from the first article in May: “In Georgia, advertising a gambling operation has been illegal for decades. State officials in recent years have discussed whether to legalize some forms of gambling, and GOP voters will be asked this summer if they favor casino gambling.” http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2012/05/25/playing-the-odds-the-rise-of-sen-chip-rogers/

Thanks!

The Source

July 26th, 2012
3:13 pm

I have first hand knowledge of Chip’s gambling and casino involvement going all the way back to his college days. Not only is everything that has been reported accurate, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Chip denied knowing anything about Oasis Casino. Take a look at who owns that and you will find that it is one of his college roommates. You can also do you homework to follow John Edens (aka Johnny Demarco)and you will find that he is a fall guy and front man for Chip.

Kris

July 26th, 2012
3:21 pm

Now I could be wrong. If you take out a loan based on fraudulent information you provided to the bank….well that’s a crime for normal tax paying citizens, but if you a card caring CROOKED GA GOP member then the bank will forgive the loan and in doing so Georgia gets another FIRST

Yey another record for GA to be proud of.
Regulators closed two metro Atlanta banks on Friday July 20th
Eighty-two Georgia banks have now failed since mid-2008, more than in any other state.
Thank you Chip ROGERS/Tom GRAVES

VOTE the GOP OUT
Vote no on this t-spLOST boondoggle

Enough-is-Enough

July 26th, 2012
3:29 pm

Character and integrity are the foundations of leadership. If a school administrator, teacher or a member of the clergy conducted themselves like Chip Rogers has, they would quickly be removed from the position. If any of my business associates conducted themselves like Chip Rogers has….they would be BROKE. If any of my employees conducted themselves as Chip Rogers has they would be home on the couch watching Jerry Springer in a New York minute.

Mr. KnowitAll

July 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

Just because there was a phase in Chip’s life where he earned a living as an announcer in an industry with which you disagree, doesn’t mean it is bad and he wouldn’t make a good Senator.

So what. The man was earning a living–and we all know there is a HUGE segment of America that criticizes people earning an honest living. Hey….his hotel business went bad. 80% of new business go bad w/in a year. The man attempted a business venture that went bad.
Why is this a source for criticism?

It is this bible-thumping bias that Jim exploits by writing about this all the time.

Disappointing….

Holly Jones

July 26th, 2012
4:28 pm

I could care less who he earned his living- as Will the Winner or flipping burgers. I want him to OWN it. There is proof he did it, proof he was involved. OWN IT, CHIP. Just say “Yeah, I did it. I needed a buck or two and I have a great voice.” Unless there are actual charges to be brought, this is NOT why I voted against him (and would do so 1,000 more times were it not for those pesky election laws). He is NOT in Mr. KnowitAll’s words “a good Senator.” He does not listen to his constituents who disagree with him. He will vote the way he’s going to vote not because he believes it’s in OUR best interests, but because HE benefits directly or indirectly.

Hypocrite Hunter

July 26th, 2012
4:37 pm

@JS…respectfully, advertising a gambling operation is NOT a crime and I don’t recall that it ever has been (see, eg Harrahs Casinos, Atlantic City…ad nauseum). It is possible that advertising an illegal operation is a crime…I’m not sure (is it a crime to advertise as a call girl on Craigslist…or do they prosecute the act itself…I think the latter). Tout sheets, betting lines, etc. aren’t crimes in and of themselves. Taking illegal bets in Georgia is, and there are significant consequences. Now, back to the question…what is the crime?

Never Trust the CCSD

July 26th, 2012
5:17 pm

“Character and integrity are the foundations of leadership. If a school administrator, teacher or a member of the clergy conducted themselves like Chip Rogers has, they would quickly be removed from the position”

Not in Cherokee County, the school spokesperson was arrested four times for DUIs and still kept his job. Three DUI arrests In Cherokee County and one DUI arrest in Pickens County.

http://www.ajc.com/news/cherokee/cherokee-schools-spokesmans-job-797240.html

Alan

July 26th, 2012
6:06 pm

The problem with Chip and Tom’s loan for the hotel is that they tried to walk away from it. They tried to pretend they sold the financial obligation with the business, but they had both guaranteed the loan as individuals. This behavior is generally associated with weasels.

There is nothing wrong with attempting to buy and run a business, and we all fail from time to time, but please don’t misrepresent the circumstances especially if you want to represent fellow citizens. It is far far worse to make stuff up than to take a shot and miss and admit it didn’t work out. Everybody in business knows how that feels.

sfb

July 26th, 2012
7:03 pm

The District Attorney in Fulton needs to investigate.

He's a Joke!

July 26th, 2012
7:55 pm

Chip Rogers is the worst kind of sleazeball. He deserves to lose so he can go back to his real career.

Hey,hey,hey Goodbye

July 26th, 2012
9:22 pm

If you will listen closely, I think I hear the fat lady clearing her throat…. I have a feeling she’s going to sing like a nightengale come Tuesday night. Chip’s toast and it’s his own arrogance that has done it. As for the ‘conservative Christian morals’, remember he said he was just an actor.

Gordo Meisin Canton

July 26th, 2012
10:34 pm

Even if every single word were true (it isn’t), Chip Rogers is a terrific Senator and is about 1000 times as desirable as a leader in the Capitol than Brandon slime-Beach Ball. Every politician is essentially a gambler when they bet on winning each election. Chip Rogers is a human being who is a natural leader. This smear job will not change my vote for Senator Rogers.

Kyle

July 27th, 2012
9:37 am

Rogers is such a disappointment. He is great at smoke and mirrors. He has done nothing for his district while he works to position himself for the Governor’s office.

I am an ex Rogers supporter! Towne Lake G

Patrick Thompson

July 27th, 2012
9:58 am

Chip Rogers, the lobbyists’ best friend. He’s at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Convention as Treasurer determining his legislative agenda for next year and cozying up to massive donations from corporate sponsors. Remember, as lawmaker, he’s just reading ALEC’s script…he doesn’t actually own up to anything in his actions or bills…personal responsibility?