U.S. House panel accuses Deal of ethics violations

Congressional investigators have accused former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal of violating House ethics rules for earning too much outside income and of using his office to protect a lucrative state program that earned his company hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

The Office of Congressional Ethics on Monday made six allegations that Deal, a Republican candidate for governor, violated House and federal government ethics rules in a report that also raises questions about attempts by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle to influence officials at the state Department of Revenue. The report could have major implications in a crowded Republican primary for governor, where Deal has been running in the top three in most polls, behind Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

Deal’s campaign called the report part of a “witch hunt” by Democrats out to hurt his campaign.

But the ethics office said it is “undisputed” that Deal “took active steps to preserve a purely state program, one that had generated financial benefit for Representative Deal and his business partner.”

The 138-page report comes about seven months after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported in August that Deal on three occasions in 2008 and 2009 met with state leaders to question changes the Department of Revenue wanted to make in the way Georgia inspects salvaged vehicles. The AJC found that Deal’s chief of staff at the time, Chris Riley, used congressional e-mail to contact state officials to discuss the plans and to set appointments for Deal.

Deal and a business partner, Ken Cronan, own and operate a salvage business in Gainesville, which for 20 years enjoyed a lucrative agreement with the state that earned the company $1.5 million from 2004 through 2008, according to state records. Deal and Cronan left the state business after changes were made late last year to open the program up to more competition.

The ethics office’s report alleges that Deal violated House rules by failing to disclose all the required information about his involvement in Gainesville Salvage & Disposal, by personally intervening with state officials to protect his business and by violating limits on how much members of Congress can earn from outside sources.

Deal’s tax returns from 2008 show he was paid $75,000 in wages by his salvage business, while congressional caps limit outside income to $25,830. Ethics investigators write in the report that Deal might have violated a House rule against compensation from “any source, the receipt of which would occur by virtue of influence improperly exerted from his position in Congress.”

Deal has said he has done nothing wrong and told the AJC in August that he met with state officials because he was concerned that changes Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham wanted to make to the system would jeopardize public safety.

In a statement to the AJC from his campaign Monday, Deal said the report is the result of a “political witch hunt fueled by Democrats.”

“In its own report, the Office of Congressional Ethics admits that its efforts were incomplete and it does NOT conclude that Mr. Deal did anything wrong,” the statement said. “That’s because Nathan Deal did nothing wrong. This is a business Nathan was involved with before he went to Congress and was approved by the House ethics committee every year. There were never any tax dollars involved and there was never a contract with the state of Georgia.

“This is an attempt by Nathan’s political opponents to drag his good name through the mud. The complaint was brought by a liberal, George Soros-sponsored group, fueled by the Democrat Party of Georgia. The only shred of truth in this political attack is that an innocent accounting error was made and subsequently corrected.”

The Office of Congressional Ethics is overseen by three Republicans and three Democrats, none of whom currently serve in Congress. The board voted unanimously to release the report on Deal’s activities. The OCE serves as a kind of grand jury for the U.S. House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, which is made up of sitting members of Congress. If the OCE finds reason to believe violations occurred, it refers the case to the Committee on Standards, which can investigate further, punish members of the House or dismiss the allegations.

Deal resigned his House seat late March 21, after the vote on the Democrats’ plan for national health care reform. The following day was the deadline for the Committee on Standards to announce whether it would seek action against Deal. But, because he resigned, he is no longer under the committee’s jurisdiction and faces no punishment.

Deal’s claim that the OCE’s report is incomplete is based on the fact that Cagle, the lieutenant governor who was present for some of the meetings with Deal and state officials, would not cooperate with their investigators, and that Graham, the revenue commissioner, said he could not divulge some information without a subpoena because of privacy laws protecting taxpayers.

The report notes that OCE investigators said both Cagle and Graham should be subpoenaed by the Committee on Standards.

Deal’s accusation against the original complaint centers on the fact that government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington originally filed the complaint. CREW, which has filed complaints in Congress against Democrats and Republicans, is a nonpartisan not-for-profit, and has received contributions from an organization created by Soros, a Democratic financier. Georgia Democrats, following the AJC’s original reporting, have called for an investigation as well.

In a follow-up message to the AJC, Deal’s campaign said the $75,000 he was paid by his salvage business was mistakenly reported on his tax returns as wages when it is actually a dividend, or unearned payment, as reported on his personal financial disclosure with the U.S. House.  The campaign said Deal filed amended tax returns correcting the error made by an accountant.

The only likely ramifications for Deal over the OCE’s findings will be political, as voters direct the fallout in the July primary. But Melanie Sloan, the executive director of CREW, said that’s not enough.

Deal “shouldn’t be able to dodge responsibility for his misconduct by hightailing it out of Congress before he could be held accountable,” she said. “Although the House ethics committee no longer has jurisdiction over him, the Justice Department certainly does, and the OCE’s report should be enough to start a criminal inquiry.”

Deal started his campaign for governor as the favorite of much of the state House leadership. At the start of 2010, he was behind only Oxendine among the Republicans in terms of fund-raising.

However, Oxendine, with $2.2 million in the bank, had more than twice as much in his campaign war chest. Former Senate leader Eric Johnson, another Republican candidate, also had more campaign money as Deal had already spent half of what he’d raised.

University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock said the congressional report won’t help Deal’s case as he fights to separate himself from the GOP field.

“I think this is a 10-car pileup,” Bullock said. “Here you’ve got a congressional panel staffed equally by Republicans and Democrats, and they say what you did was wrong. That makes it harder to ignore or easily explain away.”

Several of the top gubernatorial candidates declined comment on the congressional report.

Ben Fry, campaign manager for Johnson, said, “These are serious charges that voters will be considering in the primary.

Another Republican candidate, state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), said he’s never done business with the state or had a state contract. “I believe ethics will be the key issue in this election, and our party has to take a strong look at who can beat a Democratic challenger in November.”

On the Democratic side, House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin), a gubernatorial hopeful, was more critical.

“We’re getting to know the real Nathan Deal,” Porter said. “He obviously used his office to have access to things that benefited him personally.”

Another Democratic candidate, former Adjutant Gen. David Poythress, said, “Restoring the people’s faith in our elected officials and our government is critical to getting Georgia back on track.”

The report means Cagle, too, could face questions over his role.

“The OCE requested, but was unable to conduct, interviews with the Georgia lieutenant governor, former members of his staff, and current members of his staff because the lieutenant governor refused to cooperate with the OCE investigation,” the OCE report says, adding that Cagle’s office provided some information on Cagle’s presence at the meetings.

The report says Cagle’s office responded “that because the lieutenant governor is a member of the Georgia state Legislature, any meeting relating to his legislative branch duties would not be discussed due to restrictions under the Georgia Constitution and Georgia state law.”

According to ethics investigators, Graham, the state revenue commissioner who oversees the salvage inspection program, told them Deal requested a state salvage inspector be permanently assigned to his business and that Cagle agreed. Graham also told investigators that Cagle said there was “no need” for the state to request bids for additional inspection stations.

“Today’s report conveniently omits the dozens of interactions between my office and the OCE,” Cagle said in response. “We have voluntarily taken an active role in an investigation that we are not even the subject of and furthermore conducted by an organization that exercises no jurisdiction over state constitutional officers. Simply put, we’ve given them everything we have to give them.”

Carol Porter, DuBose Porter’s wife and a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, questioned Cagle’s refusal to meet with ethics investigators. “Once again, we find an elected Republican leader at the center of the culture of corruption,” she said.

Staff writer James Salzer contributed to this article.

Ethics report on Nathan Deal

Details of the six accusations brought against the former congressman and current candidate for governor:

  • Deal was accompanied to meetings with state officials by his chief of staff, who also used a House e-mail account to send messages related to the meetings. Thus, the report says, “there is substantial reason to believe Representative Deal violated the House Ethics Manual’s prohibition on using House equipment and resources for personal business purposes.”
  • Deal sought to preserve the inspection program “that had generated significant personal financial benefit for him and a business partner” in a manner that may violate House rules against receiving compensation from “any source, the receipt of which would occur by virtue of influence improperly exerted from his position in Congress.”
  • Deal’s tax returns from 2008 show he was paid $75,000 in wages by his salvage business, but he lists $50,001 to $100,000 in unearned “dividends” income on his congressional financial disclosure statement. “Thus, there is substantial reason to believe Representative Deal violated the House Ethics Manual’s directive to disclose all earned income,” the report says.
  • By earning $75,000, the report says, “there is substantial reason to believe” Deal violated the $25,830 limit on how much members of Congress can earn from outside sources.
  • Deal is listed on state records as being the corporate secretary of the salvage business, which, the report says, provides “substantial reason to believe” he violated House rules barring members from receiving compensation as a corporate officer.
  • Deal also failed to disclose his status as a corporate officer on his financial disclosure forms, the report says, giving “substantial reason to believe” he violated the House Ethics Manual’s requirement to disclose all nongovernmental positions.

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Deal Real Steal

March 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Deal, Real, Steal, now would be a good time to drop out. We don’t need this kind of Washington leadership in Georgia

Rival

March 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Imagine that, a corrupt Republican in Georgia.

In other shocking news, the sun rose in the east this morning.

Metro Coach

March 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Good, one less candidate for Karen Handel to worry about. Sleazes are sleazes no matter what letter is beside their name.

John

March 29th, 2010
12:58 pm

Now that’s a Bad Deal.

Cody

March 29th, 2010
12:59 pm

Shane

March 29th, 2010
1:00 pm

Another Republican crooked politician.

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March 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

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The Dogfighter Returns

March 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

what a surprise. another day another politician caught with his handin the cookie jar.

Shane

March 29th, 2010
1:01 pm

Imagine that, a corrupt Republican in Georgia.
In other shocking news, the sun rose in the east this morning.

LOL Rival good one. Of course the Hillbilly Fox News types think only the “dems” do this kind of thing. There naivety is funny.

Joann

March 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

A corrupt Republican good old boy dodging the ethics committee…. get out!

azzclown

March 29th, 2010
1:02 pm

If it smells like a terd. … Its a terd. Go away Deal.

T.A.

March 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

I wonder if whether or not he swapped the witch for the devil… resigning from Congress to run for Governor with such a report out will obviously hamper his chances of becoming Governor. On the other hand, if he stayed in Congress, this report would come out anyway and he’ll face punishment. He’s damned if he do, damned if he don’t. Should not have engaged in the activity to begin with.

Cammi317

March 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

I bet he wishes he had not resigned right about now….ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keith

March 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

How does effect Casey Cagle?

keith

March 29th, 2010
1:06 pm

How does this effect Casey Cagle?

I Figured As Much

March 29th, 2010
1:07 pm

And of course… there’s not ONE mention of this on foxnews.com.

who cares

March 29th, 2010
1:09 pm

Gee-Republican bashing when the DEMS have turned the US into a Socialist Republic. And teh head Ayatollah is bent on skyrocketing electricity rates so taht we become another Kenya.
We need people to vote for a 3rd party-a conservative party that isnot beholden to lawyers and special interest groups like the NAACP, Acorn, Reparations R Us, etc.

Joseph

March 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

Austin Scott is the only GOPer left in this race that I will consider. If he doesn’t get the nom, I go for Barnes.

Fed up

March 29th, 2010
1:10 pm

Reminds me of Charles B. Rangel of NY. Look it up

All Dems are saints

March 29th, 2010
1:11 pm

I hope they prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. These guys need to go to prison and get a chocolate pretzel. That being said, you Dem lovers who jump on the hate bandwagon, I won’t go through the littany of Democratic offenders. I hope you wise up and start rooting for your country instead of your party!! All of the sleazebags need to go!! Democrat or Republican!

Real. Bad. Deal.

March 29th, 2010
1:12 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Fox News report later today talking about Rep. Nathan Deal (D-GA).

Republicans in Georgia are just up to their eyeballs in corruption.

Ace

March 29th, 2010
1:13 pm

So he resigned in discrace. A crook?

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RB

March 29th, 2010
1:14 pm

I’m having a hard time believing this.

Fed up

March 29th, 2010
1:14 pm

Ace, he resigned to run for Governor, not in disgrace.
The whole Congress needs to be voted out, both parties. There should be term limits to get rid of the Deals, Rangels, and the dead beats up there.

Amazed

March 29th, 2010
1:15 pm

I thought he was a Dem. for most of his life. Must be having a hard time cleansing his soul from his past dealings with Satan’s minions.

nparry

March 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

Will the Tea Pary go after Nathan Steal? Oh! Wait, he’s white.

jc

March 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

I agree with All Dems are saints, it is hard or impossible to find an honest elected offical.

DW

March 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

How long before Deal blames it on the AJC? That stupid liberal newspaper, reporting the facts of my no-bid arraignment with the state and my excessive income and my strong-arm politics to preserve my personal interests! I wonder if Oxendine will give him a pass since the AJC is involved?

Who Cares?

March 29th, 2010
1:18 pm

Well, here we go again. Another elected official with questionable ethics! Doesn’t matter what political party he’s affiliated with, he’s crooked. This will be a great election this November, as more of these types will be exposed. Finally, the elected officials are starting to figure out the the public has had enough! Enough of unethical practices, kick backs, and not looking out for “the working guy”, who pays for it all. Corporations are just as crooked as they’re the ones who buy the lobby members to “persuade” politicians to vote their way. This kind of crap is what eventually leads to the downfall of civilizations. Flush all of the garbage out of the local, state, and federal government in these upcoming elections! It might take an election or two, but vote them out! It’s time WE place people in these positions who will WORK for US, the tax payer. Remember, it’s YOUR money THEY’RE spending!

Larry

March 29th, 2010
1:18 pm

Shane,

Unlike you, some Hillbillies practice better grammar! (it is “their,” oh smart one, not “there”)

On another note, I’m an independent who would like to vote out nearly all republicans and democrats who pollute our world today but, base on an informal count, I’d bet the Democrat crooks, scoundrels, adulterers and all other forms of degeneracy outnumber the Republicans about five to one!

Sure, there are some right wing religious cooks but look at what makes up the constituency of liberal supporters? I won’t even go there!

cynthia

March 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

Sleaze – pure sleaze. And oh yes, add arrogance to that.

curious

March 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

Nice hatchet job, AJC. Now, let’s read some poop on Oxendine, King Roy, et. al. They should be easy to reach, since they spend most of their time calling you.

JT

March 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Please, it’s what almost all of them do, the REALLY smart ones don’t get caught…so what’s the big deal? That’s how they(most) do business on the hill, always have…..hell, we had a vice president who had vested business interests in Iraq….the same place where his boss engaged in war. He never got sanctioned, so nothing suprises me anymore.

Mary

March 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Deal is a total moron. Anyone who votes for him as governor is asking for worse that the country vet we have now. Hopefully this will put an end to him in politics. I wrote a letter to him, expressing my concern about the Bush administration. I asked him why Clinton was almost impeached for “lying to the American people” but Bush wasn’t! His reply? I should mind my own business and let the President mind his. Can you BELIEVE that? I saved the letter because I was so horrified! One guy has sex in the oval office and the other spends billions and billions and kills countless civilians and our own troops – but that’s okay. Right?

joe matarotz

March 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Another corrupt Republicant. Thank goodness we have the lily-white honest Democraps to save us from corrupt politicians. We need a stand-up guy like Bart Stupak cutting back room deals FOR Georgia. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

nedpuddleman

March 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Glad he is out of office and likely won’t be able to return in any capacity.

Isitme

March 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

How much would you like to bet that if it came down to voting in a honest Democrat or the “Republican Deal”. Georgians would vote in the “Republican Deal”?

Bob Simkins

March 29th, 2010
1:23 pm

“…might have …?!?” Who writes these headlines?

Smokewagon

March 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

The only difference is that Democrats blindly support their crooked politicians and Republicans hold their politicians accountable.

Invictus

March 29th, 2010
1:25 pm

Shane, the only way Faux NoNews would report it is by intentionally putting a D- in front of his name like they have done in the past with other CONservatives.

Hates Republicans

March 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

And Karen Handel is clean? NOT!!!!!

jconservative

March 29th, 2010
1:26 pm

New York has Charlie Rangle and Goergia has Nathan Deal.

It’s New York’s move.

dave

March 29th, 2010
1:31 pm

Deal may be a crook, but Oxendine is a bigger crook. The bad part is I’m a Republican, who will never vote for a democrat. Sure wish Herman Cain would get in the race!

Isitme

March 29th, 2010
1:35 pm

Accountable! Republicans hold their politicians Accountable!…. Accountable!… are you kidding me? Which republican you hold accountable for this economic melt down our country is in right now? Which one? Bush,Chaney… NAME ONE…. Hell you guys are still listen to Chaney as we speak……AMAZING!

Jeff in ATL

March 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

” There should be term limits to get rid of the Deals, Rangels, and the dead beats up there.”

People only really want term limits to get rid of Representatives they don’t like in other districts. When it comes to one’s own Representative, the idea of term limits dissolve.

Huh?

March 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

OMG !! Not a Republican! The most ethical(un), caring(not), genuine(disin), God Fearing(Not), American(Un), citizen minded public thieves there are. Stealing my tax dollars!!I am shocked. At any rate I hope he gets to run for Governor, maybe he can get some money flowing into the state to increase job growth. He seems to be a real Local Halliburton. LOL

Jay

March 29th, 2010
1:36 pm

IOKIARDI (its ok if a republican does it)

Aaron Gould Sheinin

March 29th, 2010
1:37 pm

Bob Simkins, i know about the headline and agree. It’s a complicated situation where the OCE says they can’t “pronounce” a violation, only that they find evidence of the violation. I’m working on a better way of reporting it.

Aaron Gould Sheinin

March 29th, 2010
1:39 pm

Curious, seriously? You’ve missed all the Oxendine stories we’ve done? Google them, they’re there. And as for Barnes, we had a good story a few months back on his fund raising that raised a lot of questions, too. There will be more, don’t worry.

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Pensacola dawg

March 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

No big surprise here. After all he is from Gainesville, Ga and there is so much under the table bs going on there it is unbelievable. Folks like Joe Wood jr., Carl Rogers and so on.

Republican turned Democrat

March 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

Yep, doesn’t surprise me one bit. Hard to believe people can take that guy seriously and think that he REALLY cares about your well-being. Him and the whole GOP only care about one thing, lining the pockets of themselves and their rich corporate buddies. They laugh at ignorant people, like their supporters, who believe everything they say and are easily incited.

this Mr Smith ain't going to Washington

March 29th, 2010
1:46 pm

gosh, another person that thinks they are above the law, Here is the REAL DEAL; Mr Deal, God will judge you one day. As long as we only have a 2 party system in our Republic we we continue to have to Deal with these political cheaters. Hopefully one day we will elect a person on based on their trust and integrity and not by what party they are pretending to support.I wonder if it is harder for a rich man to go to heaven or for a politician to go to heaven? …I know harder for a rich man, that is what my bible reads.

deegee

March 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

Republicans love free market competition unless it interferes with their monopoly.

Ace

March 29th, 2010
1:47 pm

They gave him a gun and told him he knew what to do with it. Run for gov’, sure that’s the ticket. Disgrace, that’s why he quit.

Crooked

March 29th, 2010
1:49 pm

more crooks in Congress–what else is new? Face, it–about 99.9% of this elected lowlife is on the take from lobbyists and using their offices to make millions for themselves, friends and family through side deals, pressure, etc. The whole body of congress is totally corrupt.

Deal Real Steal

March 29th, 2010
1:49 pm

Now we know why Deal referred questions about this to his attorney. Deal just drop out now.

lee

March 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

Not understanding why this is a R vs D issue. I could write a list of ethically challenged Democrats, but that would take up way to much of my day. Same thing could be said about Republicans. The real morons out there are those who try to make this an R vs D thing.

R Ward

March 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

Nathan Deal. Once Democrat now Republican. Once Pro Abortion now Pro life. As a State Senator he leased rental property to the State. As a Congressman he used his office to benefit his salvage business and to move power lines from his property in North Hall to his neighbors. Now he has left us high and dry in Washington. He left us without a say to promte himself for Gov. He demonstrates the worst in politics.

Chester Copperpot

March 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

Why did Deal leave the Democrats? He would’ve made so much more money ripping off taxpayers if he had stayed with the Democrats.

Charlie

March 29th, 2010
1:54 pm

Obama came down to Georgia, he was looking to make a deal.
He was in a bind ‘cos he was way behind: the conservatives want an apeal.
When he came across this young man in a protest saying its gotta stop.
“And if you’d care to take a dare, I’ll make a bet with you.
“Now you are a pretty good protester, boy, but give the devil his due:… See More
“I bet this pen of gold against your soul, to think I’m better than you.
The boy said: “My name’s Cameron and it might be a sin,
“But I’ll take your bet, you’re gonna regret, ‘cos this reform will never win.”

Cameron, fall on your knees and you pray to God real hard.
‘Cos liberals are loose in Georgia and the Obama’s playin’ this card.
And if you win you get this appeal stopped before it’s signed
But if you lose then Obama gets your dime.

Obama opened up his case and he said: “I’ll start this show.”
And fire flew from his fingertips as he signed his name below.
And he lit up a cigarette and it made an evil hiss.
Then a group of liberals joined in and it sounded something like this.
When Obama finished, Cameron said: “Well you’re pretty good ol’ man.
“But if you’ll sit down in that chair, right there, I’ll tell you what you’ve done.”

Fire in the white house, run boys, run.
The socialist party thinks it’s won
People being pushed around losing their dough.
“Mister does your president care?”
“No, child, no.”

Obama bowed his head because he pulled a stupid feat.
He laid that burnt up paper on the ground at Cameron’s feet.
Cameron said: “Obama just come on back if you ever want to try again.
“I told you once, you son of a bitch, this reform will never win.”

And he sang Fire in the white house, run boys, run.
The socialist party thinks it’s won
People being pushed around losing their dough.
“Mister does your president care?”
“No, child, no.”

Georgia Conservative

March 29th, 2010
1:54 pm

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what Mr. Deal did wrong.

- I guess he violated some sort of cap on income for congressmen. I didn’t realize there was a cap on their income. That would probably explain the high number of low-caliber candidates we get. Anyone who could do a job probably doesn’t want to have their income capped. It also creates the career politician who remain in office forever and do whatever they must to hold on to power because their seat is their only real source of income.

- I have heard that the reason he had a no-bid contract was because his was the only company in the state who provided those services. I’m not sure about this, but it may be a factor.

- He spoke to government officials about the business his company had with the state. There’s nothing illegal or unethical about a business owner speaking to their customer is there?

Again, I’m just trying to figure out what exactly he did wrong. Somebody please explain it to me.

sid

March 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

The bomb throwing needs to stop.

There is enough muck on both sides. All we can do is try and elect people who share our views. To paint with a broad brush in either direction is irresponsible and short sighted. And not one word posted in a blog will change anything or cause someone to vote a certain way.

Isitme

March 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

lee, Georgia Conservative,…. Please tell me you guys are not serious?
You’re joking right!? ha, ha?

bonbon

March 29th, 2010
1:58 pm

something my father raised by with….You can’t do wrong and get away with it! I will never understand the mentality of individuals who put themselves in the public eye and think they can get away with unethical things and then they wonder how they got caught and act as if they did nothing wrong!! then they appologize for it! we all know they are only applogizing for being caught! If they knew it was wrong then why would they do it? well, that’s simple….Money leads them and they are so blinded by making more and getting away with it. the longer they get away with it, the easier it seems and they become accustomed to it, then OOPS they make a mistake and get busted!! I DO NOT FEEL SORRY FOR SOMEONE LIKE THAT AT ALL!!!!

Avery

March 29th, 2010
1:59 pm

Lee, the difference is that most of the GOP ethics failures tend to be hypocritical (i.e. anti-gay marriage crusaders caught in gay acts, every GOP congressman who bought into the party theme of mandating private healthcare coverage 15 years ago, etc, etc, etc).

UGA1954

March 29th, 2010
2:00 pm

@Charlie. That is absolutely hysterical! As for Mr. Deal, he should just go away. He’s not what Georgia needs at all. Representative Scott is looking better and better.

CrazyDiamond

March 29th, 2010
2:03 pm

Tony Soprano has many contracts with the state of NJ where he has the only company in the state that provides those services. Georgia Conservative, get a clue.

lee

March 29th, 2010
2:07 pm

Gotcha Avery. Republican’s act like a saint and then do something different. Democrat’s on the other hand act like low-moraled thugs and then actually play the part. You cleared that one up.

Imagine_That

March 29th, 2010
2:07 pm

And just think, Republicans are the very ones always pointing fingers at anyone and everyone else as being corrup, immoral, with no values and character.

@UGA1954

March 29th, 2010
2:07 pm

please copy it and send it around.. My son helped me finish it up yesterday…. I guess I will be the one to be sued by CB for real now :)

bob

March 29th, 2010
2:09 pm

Deal hall county,cagle hallcounty,hawkins hall county move all political offices to gainesville

C

March 29th, 2010
2:10 pm

wow what a crook. Trash is as trash does

AF

March 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

R Ward. Good heavens. I had no idea of Deal’s history.

I would love a chance to poke at Republicans about ethics, but I don’t think he is really a Puglican. He is a dealist, a party of one.

Georgia Conservative

March 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

Crazy Diamond, you didn’t answer any of my questions. Your underlying assumption is that Deal (and probably all Republicans) are corrupt, ergo any business he does with the state is corrupt. That’s a logical conclusion if your underlying assumption is correct. I guess I’m trying to figure out if he actually broke a law.

Garry Owen

March 29th, 2010
2:14 pm

Strange this report should come out a Mr. Deal starts cranking up his bid to be Governor of Georgia.

The Chicago Way

March 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

This bi-partisan commission found he violated Congressional Ethics laws, period. The same commission that found Charlie Rangel of the same. You all can spin it however you’d like. But its ironic that he resigns mere minutes before the commission was to vote on how to proceed. He’s had plenty of time to ’state the facts’ since he know what was in the report. Whenever you’re ready Deal.

[...] AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin filed this not long ago: Nathan Deal far exceeded congressional limits on outside income and used his U.S. House office and [...]

Smokewagon

March 29th, 2010
2:24 pm

Itsme- I hold Barney Frank and Harry Reid mostly accountable for our economic meltdown along with your hero Bill Clinton. Remember- a house for every American. Pure Democratic garbage.

Annie

March 29th, 2010
2:29 pm

Go Karen!!!! Karen Handel for Gov, the field is weeding itself out!

Tax Payer

March 29th, 2010
2:31 pm

A lot of the comments I’ve read are really stupid. Republican vs Democrats is not the issue here. We live in the UNITED States of America and until we come together as one and hold ALL politicians accountable for their actions, nothing will ever change. When the government finds out that the citizens are serious about who we elect into office maybe they will get their act together. We need to take it further than Deal and try to clean house with all the crooked politicians. Then start over with some moral, law abiding representatives who actually care for someone other than themselves.!! I know it sounds like a fairy tale but it can come true if we all work together.

CREW FAIR & BALANCED

March 29th, 2010
2:41 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)

Lynn

March 29th, 2010
2:41 pm

Enter your comments here

faye

March 29th, 2010
2:42 pm

I am not shock or surprise at all. It does not matter since it was long time for someone to look review it. Deal did get away with it. One thing it was all about Money and second thing no one care to look over his shoulder but keep in mind he isnt the only congress to do it. All congress, senate and other are doing this. We all just too greedy for money and not try to think of how to help each other with respect. I can not say anything bad or good. lastly!! no one isn’t going to listen or worry about that anyway. It not about politicians at all and it all about being want $$$ to satisfy yourself from not have no money to have money

Lynn

March 29th, 2010
2:43 pm

I’ll be interested to hear Casey Cagle’s response — if he chooses to respond, that is. Sounds as if he might have been riding the gravy train with Deal.

Fishman1

March 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

Deal switched to the Republican Party in large part because they offered to pay down his election campaign debt from his election as a democrat.

Ashley

March 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

This is amazing. Does it really surprise any of you that the AJC is reporting negatively on the a republican candidate? No. Absolutely not. And by the way…why don’t all of you read the last two paragraphs before writing your nonsense: It was a error made by an ACCOUNTANT (and that’s a whole difference topic), NOT Deal himself.

He did nothing wrong. So what, be made more than $25K?!?! That “cap” it a joke. You try to justify that insignificant salary when you deserve to earn well over that. He did nothing wrong. Deal is one of the most ethically sound men in Georgia.

curious

March 29th, 2010
3:06 pm

Wow! Look at all these comments that are trying to create a bias against a very good man. Some politician and his cronies must be getting desperate.

hatin' on the stupid

March 29th, 2010
3:07 pm

Charlie: “Obama went down to Georgia…..”

Don’t quit your day job.

Republican turned Democrat

March 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

@Smokewagon…dude your facts are nothing but garbage. It was the deregulation of the financing and housing industry under GW that got us into the housing mess, not Clinton. I was ignorant like you once, listened to Hannity and Beck, bought into all that propaganda. I wised up. You should do the same.

????

March 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

@Ashley & curious is your last name REAL DEAL?

????

March 29th, 2010
3:12 pm

Who is the biggest crook 1. THE OX, 2. THE REAL DEAL or 3. Jamie Reynolds/ The Real Johnson?

Republican turned Democrat

March 29th, 2010
3:13 pm

It’s so funny how all the GOP supporters keep their head in the sand when their party jacks things up, or they fail to see the ethics violations when it is plain as day (are you really THAT stupid?)…yet then they scream and holler about Obama and cry about how crooked they think he is, why? Because he’s actually trying to help them! Explains why the GOP is so irrelevant now.

d2

March 29th, 2010
3:13 pm

I want to know if I can talk to Graham about my taxes too. The cap was placed by the HOUSE of REP. IT is a law–just like the speed limit. I may not like the low limits of the cap–but he agreed to it when he ran for re-election. How come is it people attack the AJC for being Liberal, when I have seen the paper take on Ox. People, a crook is a crook- there are on both sides and some in the middle. Defending him becuase of party affliation is stupid. Vote for the man/woman not the party.

Huckleberry

March 29th, 2010
3:13 pm

R Ward, amen. I don’t know what’s worse…having that Boss Hogg nitwit representing our district in Congress, or having no one at all.

Foxglove

March 29th, 2010
3:14 pm

“He did nothing wrong. Deal is one of the most ethically sound men in Georgia.”
Yeah, and monkeys fly out my butt.

BTW

March 29th, 2010
3:14 pm

Casey Cagle will have to answer on a lot of unethical behavior besides this one. Why wouldn’t he want to set the record straight? Why would he want taxpayer’s money used to subpoena him? Does this mean he will be endorsing Nathan Deal for governor? Cagle dropped out of Governor’s race for his own dirty laundry and questionable behavior with female staffers. I believe that’s wny he didn’t answer investigators questions about Deal. He knew that the Republicans had this information on him and didn’t want them resurrecting the dirt..I know he claimed he couldn’t run for Governor because of his bad back. Well, how do you run for Lt. Governor with a bad back? Cagle and Deal should save their qualifying money and drop out of the race before they really put their family and friends in an unfriendly public eye. Folks its time to investigate all the candidates thoroughly–Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians. No candidate for public office should be exempt–we keep hearing about the dirt around election time; or after they are elected. Follow the money.

Republican turned Democrat

March 29th, 2010
3:17 pm

@hatin’ on the stupid: Charlie doesn’t have a day job and that’s pretty obvious. He’s one of them Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck fan-types that support the same folks (aka GOP) that want to keep him in his place (unemployed and poor)!

GA414

March 29th, 2010
3:21 pm

As reported, Deal and a business partner made hundreds of thousands of dollars from the business and that Deal used his congressional office to try and prevent state officials from making significant changes to it.
Nathan Deal should be allowed to explain his actions before final judgement is rendered.

conservative democrat

March 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

Georgia Conservative,
The NY Times quoted Mr. Deal as saying he was doing his unethical deeds as a “public servant” not as a congressman. He earned $179,000 as your congressman and then another unreported $75,000 arm-twisting state representatives to make sure there was no competition for his auto inspection / salvage business. He was helping keep the vehicles on the road safe. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA and if you believe that, Sonny Purdue has some land in Florida he’d like to sell.

Ethics Report Faults Ex-Congressman
By ERIC LIPTON
Representative Nathan Deal, who resigned from the House of Representatives last week, appeared to have improperly used his office staff, an ethics report said.

March 29, 2010
MORE ON OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS AND: ETHICS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DEAL, NATHAN

conservative democrat

March 29th, 2010
3:34 pm

Ashley,
Ron Sailors Jr. was an unethical democrat from Georgia and his crimes were reported in the AJC before he went to prison. Your last sentence is a sad commentary on Georgia politics. There’s plenty of crooks from both parties. Power corrupts, absolutely!

Republican turned Democrat

March 29th, 2010
3:39 pm

We have a government takeover of corruption, run, ahhhhh!!!

Ramzad

March 29th, 2010
3:41 pm

Republicans are like cockroaches- all you need to do get the Raid and turn the light on.

REAL DEAL REAL STEAL

March 29th, 2010
3:44 pm

This is just all an accounting error, no big DEAL.. I am the best man to be Governor.

conservative democrat

March 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

ga414,
Can’t wait for that explanation…but i’ll bet it never happens. He’ll disappear from the scene. The run for Gov was just a smoke screen, an excuse to end the investigation and get out of doing time for corruption. If he does try to explain, there will be a lot of “eh, hum, eh, eh, & uhs…”.

John Boehner

March 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

Did Deal do anything wrong? HELL NO HE DIDN’T.

Georgia Conservative

March 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

Conservative Democrat,

I was unaware of the salary cap rule/law. For the record I think it’s a dumb one and reassert my opinion that people smart enough for the job wouldn’t want it because it limits what you can earn. Having said that, Deal may have broken the rule and more.

It does rais another issue though. Since most officials leave their stint in Congress far wealthier than when they entered, how does one account for this salary cap. Surely other are violating the rule. Or maybe they’re smart enough to find the loopholes and Deal was not.

John Boehner

March 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

AJC – HELL NO YOU CAN’T!!!!!

Nancy Pelosi

March 29th, 2010
3:53 pm

YES WE CAN! (and did)

Dave

March 29th, 2010
3:53 pm

Deal, come on down to Dekalb Co. We only hire crooks. And we promise that we will feign surprise when you steal again.

Nancy Pelosi

March 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

Deal makes chump change compared to me!

Logical Dude

March 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

Wow, an “accounting error” where “income” should have been labeled “equity”? Man, I should have waited to do MY taxes until I knew that my “income” really should be labeled as “equity”. That’s what I get for being a regular citizen, I don’t know all these tax loopholes that politicians make for themselves.

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Aaron Gould Sheinin reported earlier today that the Office of Congressional Ethics voted unanimously to release the 138-page report regarding [...]

John Boehner

March 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

I’m not crooked. I am honest and forthright. I get others to do my dirty work for me, hee hee hee

conservative democrat

March 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

Georgia Conservative,
Your statement sounds like an arguement for term limits…I would vote for that. Maybe we could get an amendment on the ballot, because if we wait for those elected to do it… Well, that won’t happen.

Gainesville Salvage & Disposal

March 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

NATHAN DEAL is the most honest man in the race.

John Boehner

March 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

I agree with Gainesville Salvage & Disposal, Deal is the most honest man in the white race!

Charlie don't work

March 29th, 2010
4:16 pm

Hey Charlie, either you don’t have a job or you don’t have a job that requires you actually DO something all day. You are the poster boy for “workers who play on the internet all day”.

Dan

March 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

Charlie could have created that in his free time at night. You don’t have the facts Charlie Don’t Work. Stop being a judgmental sap.

yes we can

March 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

The Republican National Committee say it’s getting back nearly $2,000 that it reimbursed to a member for a night out at a bondage-themed night club in West Hollywood.

Doug Heye, a spokesman for the RNC, on Monday would not say who the donor was, but announced the committee got a commitment that the cash would be returned.

“The RNC has not only requested that that money that was sent out as a reimbursement be repaid by the member but we’ve got the commitment that will be done

Georgia Conservative

March 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

Conservative Democrat, I’m with you on term limits. I think it has the power to do what the misguided, unconstitutional, and ineffective McCain-Feingold hoped to do. Limiting these guys and gals time in office erodes their power base and their ability to line their pockets. Money flows to power. Limiting the power is more important than limiting the money.

[...] Aaron Sheinin has received a response from the Deal campaign (since forwarded to Peach Pundit) regarding the eithics report made available by Congress today: This has always been a political witch hunt fueled by Democrats who fear that Roy Barnes will lose the governor’s race to Nathan Deal. [...]

Shane

March 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

Sure, there are some right wing religious cooks but look at what makes up the constituency of liberal supporters? I won’t even go there!

Fox News Talking point number 12 ….. check !!

Republican turned Democrat

March 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

Great, another Fox News Propaganda quoting fan (Shane)…just what we need.

Tired of rednecks running Georgia

March 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Is anyone really impressed when they see and hear the leaders of Georgia speak in public? We have far too many rednecks running this state. It’s embarrassing to see these guys on the news “representing” us. And for the record, both parties are up to their necks in crooked politicians. As far as I’m concerned there are more crooks than honest MR. Smiths any more.

Dan turned into Charlie

March 29th, 2010
4:52 pm

Your vail is as thin as your hair Charlie/Dan.

Who Cares?

March 29th, 2010
4:53 pm

Hey Ashley @ 2:54, make sure you get your payments/kickbacks from Nathan Deal in cash. From the sound of things, he pays you quite well. It’s much harder for the IRS and the Feds to track cash than it is checks and money transfers. For Gods sake, don’t put it in the banks where it can be tracked. I kinda like the idea that he should get more than he’s supposed to. I might try that one with my employer. Lets see, “Hey boss, I’m worth more than you’re paying me, so I’ll just make sure I compensate myself above your offerings. I deserve it because I’m a hard worker, right? I mean, no one likes to be limited in their compensation, right? Come on boss. Now, turn your head and I’ll take care of it, because I’m owed it”. Yeah, I like that!

Crooked

March 29th, 2010
5:46 pm

Please, just start reporting when it is discovered that some member of congress is not crooked. That would be real news!!!

Mike

March 29th, 2010
5:53 pm

As long as Roy (Good ‘Ol Boy) Barnes or John (The Sleaze) Oxendine don’t win, it’s OK with me.

Base

March 29th, 2010
5:58 pm

Deal is a crook and so are Sonny and Jerry Keen.Corrupt state government.

cat27

March 29th, 2010
6:06 pm

Wow! When did we start convicting people before they have had a chance to make a defense?

professional skeptic

March 29th, 2010
6:16 pm

Here we go again: another roach in the Georgia Republican Party starts to scurry for cover from the harsh light of day.

Kelley

March 29th, 2010
6:29 pm

This information was dropped by no other that Karen Handel and her henchmen. Does’t take a rocket scientist to figure her office as secretary of state regulates used cars and rebuilt cars. She is eliminating compitition. The only competition she has is other republicans. She is making sure she survives the primaries.

Hear the snakes hissing?

Dave

March 29th, 2010
7:30 pm

Kelley, the Department of Revenue runs the salvage title operation. Deal and his partner were pressuring its head not to expand the number of locations where the Revenue agents inspected wrecked cars that had been repaired to see if they were safe to be retitled and driven. As I recall, there were four of five in the whole state, none near where Deal’s was – he had an effective monopoly which he didn’t want to lose, hence the pressure on Cagle who pressured the Revenue guy. The Revenue guy told him to get lost. Then the AJC picked up the story. Deal’s original spin was that he was trying to help a constituent – his partner – with respect to a matter of public safety.

[...] Here is the original: AJC first to report | Gold Dome Live [...]

Diane Bennett

March 29th, 2010
8:12 pm

So Deal you finally got caught up with your hand in the money jar.I must say your staff covered very good for you so many years.Now if we can shake the rest of your cronies out maybe the people in Georgia can get better education and fair treatment in our congressional office.Wake up people…We don’t need another crook in the Govenor’s mansion.We need someone who loves our state and our families.Someone willing to take affirmative action and responsible judgement for Georgia.He is not the real Deal!!!

Diane

March 29th, 2010
8:18 pm

Enter your comments here

[...] original post here: AJC first to report | Gold Dome Live Related Reading: Analyzing Congress Congress Reconsidered Congress: The Electoral Connection, [...]

[...] you know, it was totally worth it to resign and avoid the impact of that ethics report, which was unanimously approved and released by the three members appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi [...]

d2

March 30th, 2010
8:29 am

@cat27–The report was clear.–We are not convicting anyone without evidence. The evidence is clear–HE violated the ethics—It was clearly stated and released by a commission composed of three democrats and three republicans–ALL SIX agreed. The report released the facts. Of course people will say it is a witch hunt and that the facts are not relevant. The same people will also say that no other polls are valid unless it is from Rumussen.

The Unethical Deal : Georgia Liberal

March 30th, 2010
9:02 am

[...] ethics report for Nathan Deal is out. Nathan Deal did, in fact, break the House ethics rules. In fact, more than just an ethics rule, he broke a few of them: Nathan Deal far exceeded [...]

Mr. Grumpy

March 30th, 2010
9:16 am

Hey, Curious, grow up! You’ve supported people who turn out to be slime. We’ve all done it. We’ve all supported people who later turned out to be worms. It happens. But apparently your version of “truth” is still that all Republicans are honest, upstanding, family-values oriented men and women, and all Democrats are liars and thieves. You got your feelings hurt because someone you thought of as “a very good man,” turned out to be a worm. Was Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham (a Republican appointee of a Republican Governor Sonny Perdue) lying when he said the pressure was put on him by Deal to let Deal continue his sweetheart, no-bid monopoly of fixing up vehicles to make them road-worthy again? Was Graham lying when he said he was counseled by Lt. Governor Cagle to leave things as they were? Was Graham part of a Democrat-led conspiracy to falsely defame Deal? Was the bi-partisan House ethics commission picking on Deal so Barnes can be the next Governor? That doesn’t say much aboyut the other Republican candidates. Wouldn’t you support one of them in Deal’s absence?

Grow up, Curious. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Your heroes can turn out to be immoral, unethical and criminal. Make your vote count. Don’t vote for a political party just because Sean “Vanity,” Rush “the Pill Popper” Limbaugh, Glenn “The Nutjob” Beck tell you you should. Get up on your hind legs for once and make your vote costly to “them.”

Virginia

March 30th, 2010
10:25 am

He has done nothing in Washington except enrich himself and his family. He turned on the Democrats because he could get more money (help with his campaign debt) from Republicans. He secured an appointment for his son, who had been out of law school for 2 or 3 years at the time….not much experience for the position to which he was appointed! He stuck his hand in every cookie jar he could find. Take a look at his financial disclosure forms for all the years he “served” in the HofR, they’re online. See for yourself how much his net worth increased during that period. He did nothing to benefit the people of his district!!! Like another person who posted here, I wrote him many letters & e-mails about various issues…I always got letters back saying he would vote the way he wanted, never a discussion of issues – just a dismissal! My only question is, why would you want this man to be governor of Georgia?? He is a complete DUD, besides being totally unethical!

[...] Yesterday’s release of an unfavorable congressional ethics report on Nathan Deal may have been a crippling blow for his gubernatorial campaign. The just-resigned GOP Congressman stands accused of using his office and congressional staff to protect a state program from which his business profited, among other things. Read my colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin’s news article on the investigation and report here. [...]

Rich Man

March 30th, 2010
3:11 pm

Deal left office much richer than when he came in, which is the norm for members of Congress. They use lobbyists, deals, earmarks, etc. to enrich themselves and family members, then head for home to sign on to some more deals they set up or become a lobbyist, making 7-8 figures annually. Nice life.

[...] See my previous post for an introduction to Georgia’s reservoir reauthorization quest, former Rep. Nathan Deal’s participation, and the initial [...]

Fire Eater

April 8th, 2010
1:59 pm

Perhaps the real reason that they are attacking Deal is because he has a real record of ACTION against the third-world immigration invasion instead of typical Establishment Republican lip-service on this issue.

Deal introduced the bill to eliminate instant citizenship for hordes of “anchor babies” from primitive and backward lands.

[...] of the four Republican candidates lead Roy Barnes, the likely Democratic Party nominee. Despite all of the baggage that will be used to beat him in a general election, Nathan Deal does the best against Barnes. I [...]

[...] her part, Handel has hammered away at Deal on ethics, pointing repeatedly to an investigation into his use of congressional staff and resources to protect a contract he held with the [...]

[...] Aaron Sheinin has received a response from the Deal campaign (since forwarded to Peach Pundit) regarding the eithics report made available by Congress today: This has always been a political witch hunt fueled by Democrats who fear that Roy Barnes will lose the governor’s race to Nathan Deal. [...]

[...] oh yea, that’s not all. Deal left Congress under an ethical cloud and may be the subject of an ongoing Federal Grand Jury [...]

[...] Barnes has put out two more ads hitting Nathan Deal. The first hits Deal on ethical issues stemming an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics, which can be read here. Deal resigned, killing the matter [...]

[...] Roy Barnes has released another ad slamming Nathan Deal, this one touching on his opponent’s lack of disclosure in his tax returns. Deal did release his returns, but not the returns for a business that was the source of an ethics investigation. [...]

[...] received a no-bid contract through the state, which an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation shows that Deal used his office to make sure the contract stayed in [...]