Georgia’s Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal, alleging that the former congressman accepted more than $100,000 in illegal campaign contributions.
The complaint, delivered to the State Ethics Commission on Monday, is at least the fourth filed against Deal. Three others were filed by government watchdog George Anderson of Rome, alleging that Deal violated the state’s ethics laws governing use of private aircraft and that he filed incomplete personal financial disclosures.
The Democratic Party’s complaint says Deal took at least $128,700 in questionable contributions. Much of the money came, the complaint says, from companies that are “affiliated” with one another, while the remainder of the money came from individuals or corporations that exceeded the $6,100 maximum contribution.
In an interview Tuesday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Bob Keefe, Deal said he had not seen the Democrats’ complaint. But, he added, an internal campaign audit found instances where one contributor had given more than he should have.
“There was one individual who had multiple different corporations and had given under those corporations,” Deal said. “We’ve taken the initiative and we’ve already reimbursed that individual.”
“That’s why you have accountants and folks who look at records,” he added.