New Barnes ad hits Deal for refusing to release tax returns

Roy Barnes’ latest television ad, hitting airwaves today, ridicules Republican Nathan Deal for refusing to release personal and corporate income tax returns.

While Barnes, the Democratic nominee for governor, has put 25 years worth of tax returns on his campaign website, Deal, the GOP nominee has thus far refused to release any of his tax records. The new ad, called “Hiding,” is airing across the state, Barnes’ campaign said.

“I have released 25 years of my tax returns online because I believe those seeking public office should be committed to the principles of open government and full disclosure,” Barnes said in a statement. “Georgians want an ethical leader, one who has nothing to hide; and that is why I’m calling on Congressman Deal to release 25 years of personal and corporate tax returns online.”

On Tuesday, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson told The Associated Press that the former congressman has not ruled out releasing tax records but did not say when a decision would be made.

Here’s the ad:

The Barnes campaign is clearly trying to tie Deal’s refusal to release his tax records to questions raised in a congressional ethics report earlier this year that found Deal might have violated federal ethics rules in how he reported income from a private business in Gainesville.

In the course of investigating allegations, first raised by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2009, that Deal personally intervened with state officials to protect his business interests, the Office of Congressional Ethics said Deal might have violated rules governing members of Congress’ outside income.

Deal subsequently amended his 2008 tax returns to reflect that the money he earned from Gainesville Salvage & Disposal was “unearned” rather than “earned” income.

Deal’s tax returns from 2008, part of which he released in response to the OCE report, show he was paid $75,000 in wages by his salvage business, while congressional caps limit outside income to $25,830. Deal said the $75,000 was misreported on his tax returns as earned income when it should have been listed as dividend, or unearned, income.

Deal resigned from Congress in March to focus on his gubernatorial campaign, just before a deadline for the congressional ethics committee to announce whether it would further investigate his business dealings. Deal said the timing was unrelated to the deadline.

“Congressman Deal fled Washington D.C. because he was facing a Congressional ethics investigation — now he’s refusing to release his tax returns to voters,” Barnes spokesman Emil Runge said. “We have to wonder, just what is Congressman Deal hiding?”

Barnes’ ad coincides with the release Wednesday of a new  Republican Governors Association television ad that aims to tie Barnes to Democratic President Barack Obama.  The RGA has also started a website to chronicle the “Obama-Barnes apology tour.” Visit the site to see the new ad.

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Barnes is a Moron

August 18th, 2010
11:14 am

Looks like Roy Barnes has a distaste for the private business and capitalism. Hmmmm, guess he wants to follow his mentor Obama and gut the producers of Georgia.

Barnes gutted Georgia’s financial status in good times, just imagine what he’ll do in a bad economy.

No way Jose….

Kitty Conrad

August 18th, 2010
11:24 am

Roy’s questions are valid, but I wonder what happened in the last two days to Roy’s notion that he can campaign without anything negative being said.

The Cynical White Boy

August 18th, 2010
11:24 am

Anybody else notice how quickly the almighty AJC pulled down it’s column about the “Roybama” campaign ads?

It’s sure nice to own the AJC and to be the darling of the media elite.

It’s sure nice to be King Roy.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

August 18th, 2010
11:28 am

@The Cynical White Boy: Ummm, you mean the one that’s the centerpiece of the politics page?

greg best

August 18th, 2010
11:31 am

Nathan Deal is a crook and the GOP should never have nominated him for Governor. Karen Handel would have been a much better choice. We know she wouldn’t get indicted and bring disgrace to our State.


August 18th, 2010
11:32 am

I wonder if the release of this ad is going to skew my first atempt of a region survey map?
I left it open for a month.
Please respond.
I think it was effective ad but do you think he is going to get old or peak to soon?
Maybe even make those who like him get turned off like they did with Handel?

Road Scholar

August 18th, 2010
11:38 am

How is asking for Deal to post his tax returns negative or a “distaste for the private business and capitalism”? Get real! I want to know a candidates history as well as his thoughts/ideas to move the economy forward, and address water, transportation, and education. I could care less whether he labels himself as a Repub/Demo, Conserve/liberal, Christian/otherwise. What SPECIFICALLY does one running for office support and why? What are your SPECIFIC ideas on changing the priorities of the government?


August 18th, 2010
11:39 am

Deal is a coward.

Goofy GOP

August 18th, 2010
11:44 am

This is NOT a negative or unfair ad. This is pointing to a relevant difference in disclosures by the candidates as to their business / personal dealings. It is a valid question to ask “why will not Mr. Deal disclose this material?” and/or “why is Deal avoiding what appears to be a reasonable subject of scrutiny?” Whether you are Republican or Democrat, disclosure and ethical behavior should be a prerequisite for the job.

The Thin Guy

August 18th, 2010
11:57 am

King Roy is a lawyer which means his IRS returns are a work of fiction. How much money did he get for defending that guy in Buckhead with a chicken fetish? Do not have any strong feelings about Nathan Deal. Have some really strong feelings about The King. Do love Deal’s commercial saying that Imam Øbungle has gone all over the world apologizing for America being America whilst King Roy is apologizing for his four years on the throne. Neither of these guys can solve Georgia’s economic problems because the source of these problems is in Washington. As long as we have the most anti business maladministration in history running the nation things aren’t going to get any better. And they can always get worse. Much worse.


August 18th, 2010
11:57 am

Looks like some of y’all stone throwers need to bone up on Roy’s credentials. The moronic “distaste for the private business and capitalism” comment is particularly amusing, given his efforts as a business consultant. I know this because today I have a thriving small business, thanks to Mr. Barnes. He is committed to building small business, not creating scams to steal from taxpayers. I could have backed Handel, but Deal is just plain pure sleaze.


August 18th, 2010
12:01 pm

Maybe we should quit the “quick – look over there” politics (I wake up each morning in Georgia, not Washington) and get down to business. Deal has proven that he is unethical, Barnes actually did a reasonably good job in office.

Billy in Savannah

August 18th, 2010
12:08 pm

Barnes was a good governor of our state and a brave one. No one has ever questioned his ethics. Voting for Barnes is the clear choice for Georgians.


August 18th, 2010
12:22 pm

If Nathan Deal slept with sheep, you hillbillies would still vote for him!


August 18th, 2010
12:43 pm

Handel called Deal everyting but a scumbag. Did he all of a sudden change because he is now the nominee? I think not. He’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, and everybody knows it.


August 18th, 2010
12:49 pm

Barnes 2010!


August 18th, 2010
1:01 pm

Deal is dirty! His personal “business” steals money from honest Georgians because Deal gives himself no-bid contracts! Deal is a known CROOK. Forced out by Sonny because he broke the law.


August 18th, 2010
3:17 pm

“The Thin Guy @ 11:57am”, you must be thin on brains as well. LOL
Roy is a millionaire, he is worth about $16M+. OK? He earned his degrees and
his money by working hard and going to school. He released his tax returns to
show idiots like you that he IS ethical. So the IRS has and will continue to look into
his taxes as well as yours and mine. Believe me, the GOP has people right now looking
into all of his business and personal transactions. He is a great guy, family man, and
by the way a pretty good lawyer and businessman. So that dog won’t hunt in that thicket.
You better find another one that might have some rabbits in it……….

Go Roy 2010!!!!


August 18th, 2010
3:44 pm

I cannot believe anybody would vote for Nathan “the corrupt” Deal.

But he is representing Republicans running for governor. Go figure.


August 18th, 2010
3:47 pm

I see lots of negative tv ads coming out of this election. I will vote for the candidate who puts out the first ad with something positive about themselves and what they plan to do while in office instead of this glorified name calling that is about to start happening.


August 18th, 2010
3:49 pm

Now who was it that called Deal a “corrupt relic of Washington”? Well that’d be a Republican. Who was it that formed the congressional investigative committee that went public with Deal’s corruption? Well half of them are Republicans. Great job Georgia GOP – you could’ve nominated Eric Johnson, but chose this soon-to-be-indicted clown. Well played, morons.


August 18th, 2010
4:01 pm

If I made $5MIL last year like Barnes did, I’d like to show it off too!!!

Bad to Worse

August 18th, 2010
4:29 pm

Foghorn Leghorn

Crooked Deal

August 18th, 2010
4:36 pm

A salvage and disposal business couldn’t possibly be corrupt – especially one that gets no-bid state contracts.


August 18th, 2010
4:42 pm

The funniest thing about this election is that even though Deal has skeletons in his closet he will still beat Barnes this November. Nothing you leftist hacks say will change the fact that in this state, Democrats are a dying breed! We could run a sheep and he would still beat the best that the bafoonish leftist can trot out.


August 18th, 2010
4:53 pm

democrats and republicans both suck.

conservative teacher

August 18th, 2010
5:07 pm

thought this was going to be a race about the issues. The Democrats have already started with the mud-slinging. Not surprised. Wish all of you nay-sayers could meet Mr. Deal. He is a man of character who has been attacked by the liberal AJC. This is just one reason why I cancelled my subscription, in addition to Cynthia Tucker.


August 18th, 2010
5:11 pm

You have your head in the sand if you think that Deal is not corrupt and crooked. If he had nothing to hide he would respond to charges. If any of you Deal supporters have any information in response to the AJC investigation or negatives adds please point me in that direction so I can go check it out.


August 18th, 2010
5:19 pm

Scott, 4:42pm, “Democrats are a dying breed!” Really?
If that were true, Obama would not be President you idiot.

We are out here working to make a living, feeding our families, AND helping others. We are just not
as loud and obnoxious as you guys…LOL

You don’t even make sense, “bafoonish?” One of you candidates never went to college and her own
party called her shallow (even though I think she is a good woman), and the other is under ethics
investigation. The leaders of the GOP are REALLY clowns, Sarah, Rush, Bill, Sean, and let us not
forget Mr.(Uncle Tom) Steele who your own party won’t talk to. Those are “Bafoons!”. You can yell
all you want but you are following some folks that don’t even care about you!

Scott, you should stop Tea Baggin, and stop dating your kuzin, and take that dip out of your back pocket, and stop following people just because they hate Blacks, Jews, Gays, etc., and think for yourself.

Isn’t it evident that Sarah, Rush, Sean, Bill, and even Nathan with his corrupt (steering $$ to his company that is against all the rules) butt care about one thing. Money and their families well being. That’s it. They continue to make SOCIAL PUPPETS out of people like you.

Come on over to the LEFT, apologize, and we will let you in, but you gotta stop gettin with your
kuzzin, come on dude! LOL

LOL, the right is a Bafoonish Haven….I’m just sayin….

Go Roy Barnes!!!!!!! 2010

WTF are you thinking?

August 18th, 2010
5:46 pm

I wonder what happened the last time Pubicans were in charge?

WTF are you thinking?

August 18th, 2010
6:05 pm

it’s funny how Deal was called everything but a devil worshipper but now every one should jump on his bandwagon simply because he is a republican.


August 18th, 2010
6:06 pm

conservative teacher-

Mud-slinging???? Did you see the article about the attacks on Barnes???? Oh wait, if you like Deal, then you don’t call it mud-slinging.


August 18th, 2010
6:06 pm

I hope you’re not teaching my kids.


August 18th, 2010
6:40 pm

Maybe 25 years is a bit much, but it is a good idea to open up a candidates finances for say the past 5 or ten at least.


August 18th, 2010
7:53 pm

There are three parts to this news conference.

This is the OCE report. If you can find anywhere in this report where it states that Mr. Deal is GUILTY of anything……..I will give $100 to the Barnes Campaign.


August 19th, 2010
12:18 am

It’s funny how King Roy has to conjure up tax-returns and use that for his campaign and still not tell the voters where the funds for all of his promises are going to magically appear from? When is he going to admit that he would need the full support of the legislature to first pass all of his proposals and does he honestly think his belittling ways would convince a full legislature to support him on anything?C’mon, King Roy, quit pandering to East Point and the AJC and tell the sheeple what is really going on…..


August 19th, 2010
8:10 am

Deal a crook,,always was and will be


August 19th, 2010
11:43 am

No no no no, Deal did not quit Congress to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. He quite Congress HOURS before the ethics commission was to publicly release their findings so that he would avoid an ethics trial. He’s a little corrupted punk, who wasn’t even man enough to stay put and “clear his name” (for obvious reasons). He’s no better than Charlie Rangel or Maxine Waters, only they have guts to face the music. Deal’s a joke.


August 19th, 2010
11:54 pm

Twenty-five years of tax returns is something only Roy Barnes would do, The rest of us toss them away after five years. Roy Barnes is insane. Keep him away from me.


August 21st, 2010
8:59 pm

I won’t vote for either! Barnes has already had his turn at the helm, now just go away. Deal has had 18 years in Congress and done nothing! Both are part of the problem and neither deserve any of our votes. Remember, you deserve the government you elect! Write your own name in but don’t vote for either of these candidates.