Graham discovered a system set up in 1990 that granted no-bid, regional monopolies to a few businesses performing mandatory salvaged-car title inspections.
The state paid inspectors well over a million dollars a year.
The sweetest contract was handed to Gainesville Salvage Disposal, co-owned by Nathan Deal, a state senator in 1990, and, by 2007, a Congressman.
Nobody knew why the contracts were granted. Deal himself told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2009: “I don’t know there was much of an official thing.”