Update: Watchdog files ethics complaint against Deal

A non-profit legal watchdog group in Washington has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga) in response to a story in this past Sunday’s AJC.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed the complaint Wednesday, arguing that Deal violated House rules and federal law by intervening with Georgia political leaders to preserve a program that financially benefits him.

CREW’s complaint comes the day after a North Georgia Republican activist asked the U.S. House Committee on Standards to look into the questions raised by the AJC.

CREW contends that Deal “may have committed a federal crime by using his positions and congressional resources to engage in self-dealing, thereby depriving his constituents of his honest services.”

The AJC reported Sunday that Deal, a 2010 Republican candidate for governor, pressed state leaders, including Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham to preserve a state program that earns his company about $300,000 a year and him personally up to $150,000 a year.

Deal said he was simply acting as any businessman would and that he was serving his constituents’ interests.

Update: 3:08 p.m. Deal responds via an e-mail from his congressional office: “I welcome the opportunity to defend myself and my office from this allegation that has been made. The implication that I intervened with state officials to benefit myself is completely outrageous and false. I look forward to a speedy resolution as not to distract from my duties and service to the Ninth District of Georgia.”

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GoOx

August 26th, 2009
1:21 pm

Deal, Real, Steal – good for CREW

common sense

August 26th, 2009
1:48 pm

Deal and Oxendine are both shady characters. They need to do GA a favor and leave politics. It is politicians like the 2 of them that have always looked out for themselves and put America in the situation we now face.

Realist

August 26th, 2009
4:22 pm

Crew is a “watchdog” group founded by George Soros. CREW routinely goes after Republicans. This will not hurt Deal at all, and it may even do the opposite.

Technocrat

August 28th, 2009
10:50 am

Who was the last Congressperson to be elected GA Governor? Seems like something that never happens at least since WWII.

Paleeeze

August 29th, 2009
8:47 am

Come on guys, didn’t you know the only requirement for serving in Congress is one of the three following: 1: Remodel your home with special interest money, 2: patronize local brothels, and/or 3: Hang out in airport bathroom stalls. Mr. Deal didn’t do any of these – opps, sorry I forgot, buddy up with local law makers for special interests would count wouldn’t it. Sorry Deal, you made the wrong deal.

jacquie

August 29th, 2009
8:18 pm

why didn’t you also write about the program he intervened’ ajc? I would like to know about it

revenue annie

August 30th, 2009
5:27 pm

Deal picked the wrong state leader with whom to do battle. Bart Graham is know as “Bart the Terrible” around the DOR. Employees, taxpayers, and legislators should know by now… Bart takes no prisoners!

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