AJC investigation: Deal won’t comment on ethics report

Former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga) refuses to say whether he was given a copy of the Office of Congressional Ethics’ report into his business dealings with the state of Georgia.

Deal, who resigned his seat in the U.S. House on Sunday following the vote on health care reform, is a Republican candidate for governor.

The Washington-based newspaper Roll Call reported Wednesday that the congressional ethics office likely provided Deal with a copy of the report “detailing the focus of its investigation and its recommendation to the ethics committee.”

Asked whether Deal has the report and if he will release it, Deal spokesman Harris Blackwood said “any questions on this issue should be referred” to the House ethics committees. “He is no longer a member of Congress.”

Blackwood has refused to comment further.

But, as Deal surely knows, the House ethics committees refuse to acknowledge even the existence of investigations unless they are forwarded for sanctions by the full House. Because Deal resigned, the committees no longer have jurisdiction over him and any inquiry or investigation would have stopped.

The 18-year congressional veteran effectively quashed the ethics investigation into his business dealings with the state. He set in motion a special election to fill his unexpired seat. When he announced his intentions to resign, Deal said the investigation had nothing to do with it. Instead, he said he was resigning to focus on his bid for governor.

Deal has been the subject of two inquiries by congressional investigators into his role in a business with the state that earned his company $1.5 million from 2004 through 2008. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in August that Deal and a business partner obtained the lucrative state business without competition and that Deal personally intervened with state officials to fight proposed changes to the operation.

Deal denied any wrongdoing in his business dealings.

The Office of Congressional Ethics and the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct had contacted the state Department of Revenue in October for documents and interviews regarding Deal’s role in the business, records obtained by the AJC showed.

According to Roll Call, House ethics investigators “opened only one new inquiry in the last half of 2009. That investigation began in October – the Journal-Constitution reported in December that state records showed [Office of Congressional Ethics] investigators contacted a state office in October – and appears to have ended its second and final phase in late December.”

12 comments Add your comment

Deal Real Steal

March 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

he should have stayed in DC. No need for his DC ways in Georgia. He spent more than he raised last disclosure period. Georgia doesn’t want or need that kind of leadership

Junior Samples

March 24th, 2010
2:13 pm

Deal != Ethics

UGA1954

March 24th, 2010
3:24 pm

His silence is deafening.

Al

March 24th, 2010
3:57 pm

Cheers for passing the Smash and Grab bill for the little thugs who keep causing trouble! God forbid they go to school, get a job, and make money like most of us do. Why is it that the people who do these things are black 99% of the time? That’s a fact. It’s sad how much crime they cause in Atlanta.

Where's your birth certificate, Deal?

March 24th, 2010
4:08 pm

…and while you’re getting that, release the ethics report. Otherwise, you’re a usurper.

Shar

March 24th, 2010
5:56 pm

He should be hounded by his opponents and by the press until he releases the report, or be presumed guilty. Someone who has abused his office to improperly siphon hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to his own business should be ineligible for office and kept off the ballot.

CREW FAIR & BALANCED

March 24th, 2010
7:23 pm

15 most corrupt Congressmen,

**Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)**
•Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
•Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
•Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
•Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
•Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
•Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
•Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
•Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
•Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
•Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
•Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
•Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
•Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
•Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

neojournalist

March 24th, 2010
7:52 pm

Hey US Attorney Sally Yates!
You helped nail Bill Campbell.
Nathan Deal reeks of corruption, too,
go get him!

Pig in a blanket

March 25th, 2010
1:56 am

Sally this is the type of corruption that will make you… Wait for it… LEGENDARY!

When you’re done with Deal there is a whole lotta insider deal BS going on in Georgia Government that needs a clean sweep.

Gomer

March 25th, 2010
10:50 am

He’s a crook. Goober and I did all the work and he made all the money!!!!

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