CREW files ethics complaint against Nathan Deal

The non-profit group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a formal complaint against U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Gainesville) with the Office of Congressional Ethics, alleging that the congressman violated House rules and federal law by improperly intervening with Georgia political leaders to preserve a program that financially benefits him.

The complaint is based on this article in Sunday’s AJC.

Download the entire CREW complaint here. Deal, now a Republican candidate for governor, on Monday evening sent an e-mail to supporters in which he said:

The implication that I intervened with state officials to benefit myself is completely false, outrageous, and nothing more than a back alley, in-the-shadows attempt by one of my political opponents to damage my good name and reputation with a cheap political shot.

This afternoon, Deal’s congressional office issued a similar statement:

“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.”

My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinen will be posting updates here at Gold Dome Live.

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15 comments Add your comment

GoOx

August 26th, 2009
1:21 pm

Deal, Real, Steal – good for CREW

[...] Jim Galloway brings us word that the group Citizens for Responsibility for Ethics in Washington has filed an ethics complaint against Congressman Nathan Deal for a possible violation of House rules and Federal Law by intervening with Georgia leaders to preserve a program from which he profited. [...]

Daedalus

August 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

See the system works.

The Good Old Boy system that is.

Deal had his Chief of Staff, a federal government employee, lobby state officials on behalf of Deal’s private business and Deal claims that he did nothing wrong. Georgia Republicans will see nothing wrong with this. If Deal was a Dem, we’d be calling for his head. But since he is a Republican, this qualifies him to replace Sonny Perdue as Georgia’s Ethically Challenged Governor.

Nathan Deal can do nothing about transportation and water infrastructure just as well as old Sonny.

He’s got my vote, uh, I mean contempt.

Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

August 26th, 2009
2:00 pm

If he would do something like this for only $150,000.00 per year think about what he would do for some real money. Deal may not be Saxby but he’ll learn.

Chris Broe

August 26th, 2009
2:14 pm

The Low Country Cracker and the Girl from Ipanema. Foolishly incommunicado. Full Commando.

What’s amazing is that he thinks he can appear in public and not get hooted. He’s finished. He needs to get lost fast.

Sanford still wants to refuse federal stimulus money, though. This flash-in-the-pan man is an unprincipled peter-principle pun in the flesh. I have seen many unworthy politicians, but this guy is something special.

How people rise to power! Who would give this clown money? Corruption is not pretty. Not even in South Carolina.

Ed

August 26th, 2009
2:25 pm

Forget ethics complaints. We need the FBI and a butt-kicking U.S. Attorney to raise some hell in this state.

Harry

August 26th, 2009
4:46 pm

I have noticed that his voting record has been slack.
Guess he was too busy taking care of personal business rather than the country’s

Base

August 26th, 2009
4:54 pm

Crooked politician running for Gov.Whats new?

cletus T. rockafella

August 26th, 2009
6:34 pm

Nathan Deal belongs in jail NOW, with an impending indictment and a bail of 10 million.

Jackson

August 26th, 2009
6:57 pm

Its obvious that facts don’t matter to you, Daedalus. Not only is there no evidence of wrongdoing, there is no wrongdoing. He supported the changes the Revenue Commissioner wanted! Its funny how folks that dont take time to think for themselves are so easily manipulated by other campaigns. Or maybe you work for one of the other campaigns.

Technocrat

August 26th, 2009
10:17 pm

When Graham has to swearin before the Federal Grand Jury we shall see.

When the AJC correlates the 250,000 [17k per yr] junker rebuilds with the extra cost in medical care and potential deaths from a marginal rebuild job after a wreck. The state of Georgia may wonder IF allowing this practice in the first place is worth the few million in fees sent to treasury.

Study who buys these retitled wrecks poor and minorities not rich people who understand and know better.

Melanie Sloan Rocks

GoOx

August 27th, 2009
10:17 am

Jackson,
I’m sure you could call the Lt. Gov. and have him set up a meeting with the Revenue Commissioner to discuss your business. Everybody can do that right?

Real, Deal, Steal

Daedalus

August 27th, 2009
10:34 am

Yo Jackson — try reading the article.

Nathan Deal’s Chief of Staff contacted Georgia State officials on a personal business matter on behalf of Nathan Deal. The Chief of Staff is a federal government employee. Its a misuse of public funds. I would say the same about a democrat who did the same thing. My point was that Republicans like you would find nothing wrong with it — and your idiotic post proves my point.

Now go back to watching Fox News.

[...] Jim Galloway brings us word that the group Citizens for Responsibility for Ethics in Washington has filed an ethics complaint against Congressman Nathan Deal for a possible violation of House rules and Federal Law by intervening with Georgia leaders to preserve a program from which he profited. [...]

Atlantan

July 22nd, 2010
5:21 pm

Ethics issues – Tom Murphy would be proud. Remember “this ain’t no slush fund!”