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.”