Fallout from the Nathan Deal report: Casey Cagle may have some explaining to do

My 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 staff to preserve a private stream of money coming from a no-bid state business deal, a report from the Office of Congressional Ethics has found.

The 138-page report, released Monday, is based on reporting from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from August that 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.

Says Deal campaign spokesman Harris Blackwood:

“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.

“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. That’s because Nathan Deal did nothing wrong.”

Read the entire report here. But a pair of excerpts show that Deal isn’t the only one who may need to do some explaining. Deal’s lobbying of state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham required several meetings arranged by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

This from the report by the Office of Congressional Ethics:

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.

Elsewhere, ethics investigators recommended that Cagle be subpoenaed:

The OCE requested an interview with the Georgia Lieutenant Governor and a former member of his staff. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office would not cooperate with the OCE’s requests for interviews but did produce some information concerning the Lieutenant Governor’s presence at meetings discussed above concerning vehicle inspections. Thus, the OCE recommends that the Committee on Standards of Official subpoena the Georgia Lieutenant Governor.

We’ve got a call into the lieutenant governor’s office. Then there’s this strange passage about Chris Riley:

Representative Deal’s Chief of Staff attended all three meetings with the Department of Revenue. When asked why he would attend the meetings, the Chief of Staff stated that he rarely allows Representative Deal to go anywhere without him, unless it is a family matter.

Most of the article remains behind a screen, but Roll Call has this intriguing paragraph:

The report’s release also marks an unprecedented move in the fragile relationship between the OCE and the House ethics committee: The OCE said it published its findings in the Deal case because the House ethics committee missed a March 22 deadline to do so — even though Deal submitted his resignation just minutes before the deadline.

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42 comments Add your comment

deegee

March 29th, 2010
2:32 pm

“When asked why he would attend the meetings, the Chief of Staff stated that he rarely allows Representative Deal to go anywhere without him, unless it is a family matter.”

Wow, this is interesting. Just waiting for the next shoe to toe-tap, er, drop.

Bob in Winder

March 29th, 2010
2:59 pm

The General

March 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

Sounds like the proverbial ca-ca is about to hit the fan for the lite guv.

Slugworth

March 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

I just cannot believe that Lt. Governor Cagle would use his office to benefit his or a friend’s business interest. That’s so unlike Georgia’s policy-making elite.

retiredds

March 29th, 2010
3:23 pm

Aren’t these the “family values” people? Pretty soon you’ll be hearing that Christians are forming militias to take down our government.

Charlie

March 29th, 2010
3:28 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:
“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.”

P-Diddy

March 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

Oh goody. White trash rap.

frugal voter

March 29th, 2010
3:43 pm

Deal, and OX, are sleaze. Out of Congress and out of work…forever. Politically speaking that is.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

March 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

Nathan Deal and John Oxendine are both corrupt and to be avoided like the plague. Handel seems OK, but she’s hired Puredoo’s former spokessatan Dan McLagan for her campaign, so that raises red flags for me. Looks like I might be voting Democratic this year.

Deal for Governor!!!

March 29th, 2010
3:57 pm

He’ll fit right in from day 1 and will be stealing more money than even Sonny Perdue did for his friends while in office!!! Money rules in office baby—-let the other BS walk.

[...] with his family’s auto-salvage business. The full report can be found here. More recently, Jim Galloway at the AJC has found that Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle may have some explaining to do as [...]

DT

March 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

Good job Charlie, some monkey thinks that’s rap. That is a play off of a great Charlie Daniel’s song.

Red

March 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

Nathan Deal, the most corrupt man in Congress, one watchdog group called him.

yes we can

March 29th, 2010
4:20 pm

Earlier in the day, Heye issued a statement after the Daily Caller reported that the organization reimbursed a member $1,946 for a February trip to Voyeur, a risque nightclub recently featured in The Los Angeles Times as the new hotspot.

“I don’t know the person specifically. I know there are a lot of (Federal Election Commission) reports that people are going through trying to determine that. I just know from a conversation I had with a colleague that we got a commitment that that money will be returned,” he said.

“We’re still trying to determine who was there,” Heye said.

An RNC source told Fox News the donor’s name is Erik Brown but Heye would not confirm that. Brown, a direct mail operator based in California, tweeted in October that he was watching a Redskins game with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at FedEx Field.

Heye said he was incensed by the suggestion in a post in the Daily Caller that Steele took part in the February outing to the club. The article led with Steele’s expenses on charter aircraft and the suggestion by an unnamed source that he was looking for the RNC to buy an airplane to accommodate his travel.

“Michael Steele was not there. He didn’t know about it. He wouldn’t have known about it,” Heye said.

The report noted that the RNC spent $17,514 on private aircraft and $12,691 on limousines in the month of February, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Recent travel expenses also included $9,099 spent at the Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 dropped at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles and nearly $20,000 combined for the Venetian and the M Resort in Las Vegas and the W in Washington.

Heye said the article was misleading because it did not distinguish Steele’s expenses from finance and fundraising expenses associated with the purpose of the travel. He added that the story “willfully and erroneously suggests” that Steele was at the club.

“The chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable. … Good reporting would make that distinction crystal clear,” Heye said in his statement.

After the rebuke, Jonathan Strong, the reporter who wrote the Daily Caller article, told MSNBC that he never said Steele was at Voyeur, but “I hope to find out whether that’s the case in the coming days.”

Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson also offered a statement. “To be clear: We did not claim that Michael Steele personally visited Voyeur West Hollywood. In fact, and unfortunately, we still know almost nothing about that trip, including its purpose. If the RNC provides details, we’ll put them on the site immediately.”

An article in the Los Angeles Times, written after the club’s opening in October, said the club’s owners drew their inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s film “Eyes Wide Shut.” The film stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as a New York power couple whose marriage is jeopardized after the husband gets involved in a bondage club.

yes we can

March 29th, 2010
4:26 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

CREW FAIR & BALANCED

March 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

David S

March 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

Its nice to see that the Tea Party group is working so hard to replace so many incumbent republicans with ones that care about the constitution and small government. It will be a nice change for the party.

Hopefully they will get to work on some better republicans or libertarians to replace the worthless lot we have in this state.

Einsteindawg

March 29th, 2010
5:06 pm

While I’ve voted Republican since Barry Goldwater, I am sick and tired of learning that congressmen, like Nathan Steal, live up to their name. When are we going to stop electing lawyers to represent us and make decisions concerning our future…regardless of their political persuasion? How many of you would turn over most of your assets to an attorney to handle? That’s exactly what we’re doing when we elect one to serve in congress. I think it’s past time that we paid attention to our founding fathers and sent farmers and business people to make sound, common sense, business decisions…not more laws. Anyway, just my humble opinion.

.politico

March 29th, 2010
5:27 pm

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal may have violated a series of House ethics rules before resigning his seat eight days ago, according to an Office of Congressional Ethics report released Monday — allegations that are certain to become a political cudgel in the hands of Deal’s Republican primary opponents.

Deal has dismissed the ethics complaint as a “political witch hunt” pushed by Democrats.

The Office of Congressional Ethics report was forwarded last month to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct — known colloquially as the ethics committee — which has sole authority to punish lawmakers for violations of the chamber’s ethics rules. The ethics committee was due to either dismiss the matter or announce its own investigation by March 22, but Deal resigned immediately after voting against the health care overhaul March 21, putting him outside the panel’s jurisdiction.

The OCE, which acts as something of a grand jury for the more powerful ethics committee, found “substantial evidence to believe” that Deal broke ethics rules by meeting with state officials to discuss a privatization plan for state vehicle salvage inspections that affected his salvage business, by using official resources, including e-mail, to deal with the matter and by not disclosing all of his earned income on financial disclosure statements.

Deal denied any wrongdoing in a statement delivered to the OCE, arguing that his actions were “counter to my own personal financial interests.” He also noted that he was working to reconcile his tax and financial disclosure filings.

In a statement Monday afternoon, Deal said he believed the ethics committee cleared his activities.

“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,” Deal’s campaign 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.”

Deal is locked in a tough multicandidate Georgia GOP primary that will be decided July 20. POLITICO was not immediately able to reach spokespeople for Deal or either of his top two competitors, John Oxendine and Karen Handel.

After the ethics committee made no public comment on the matter by the March 22 deadline, OCE’s board voted unanimously to release its report to the public.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35154.html#ixzz0jbSpsqX6

Annie

March 29th, 2010
5:33 pm

LOL, talk about an oxymoron: “Office of Congressional Ethics”…too rich! It doesn’t matter what party they come from, the vast majority of politicians are in the game for whatever they can get. There is little to no leadership in government.

The Producer

March 29th, 2010
5:48 pm

SHOCKER…DUDE, IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG……….

Base

March 29th, 2010
5:49 pm

Deal and Cagle are crooks.They should be banned from public office.

Scott

March 29th, 2010
6:15 pm

Its good to be Carol Porter today, isn’t it. I have continued to be amazed Cagle lack a real opponent before Carol entered the race

Scott

March 29th, 2010
6:15 pm

thats lacked a real opponent

bart

March 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

hey, Base, I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Hector

March 29th, 2010
6:40 pm

Who cares????

Kelley

March 29th, 2010
6:42 pm

Yes, Deal is a crook, Cagle is a crook, Oxidine is a crook, Perdue is a crook this is not unique to republicans. But let me caution all Georgians, put Handel in office and you ain’t seen nothing yet (to coin a phrase). She is of the same cloth, just with raging hormones.

Never thought in all my staunch republican life I’d rather have a Democrate win. I’d vote for King Roy over Karen. Heck I’d vote for my mother in law first.

Glad He's Retired

March 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

“Aren’t these the “family values” people? Pretty soon you’ll be hearing that Christians are forming militias to take down our government.”

Not any more than Barney Frank’s sex habits define who you are. (Do they? Hope you double-gloved.)
Not any more than Charlie Rangel’s making tax laws and not paying taxes defines who you are. (Could they?)

I could write volumes, but are you such a automaton that this is the best you can devise?

You should be more concerned about the private goon squad your president just passed in the health care legislation.

Now that the bill has become law, we are finding out the horrors that are in the bill, the biggest one being the creation of nothing other than a private army for The Punk, called the Commissioned Corps (CC) and the Ready Reserve Corps (RRC) – or as the Punk would pronounce it, the Commissioned Corpse and the Ready Reserve Corpse. Why two separate corps and what the differences are are not clear, other than that the officers of the RRC are appointed solely by the President. In effect, the RRC would be sort of like the Punk’s pathetic version of Hitler’s SS.

The relevant section begins on page 1312 of the Senate ObamaCare bill that was approved by the Demonrats in the House of Representatives last Sunday night.

So rather than engage in Christian persecution and worrying about whether the right wing bogeyman is lurking behind the bushes trying to get you, you should focus on your party’s own problems.

catlady

March 29th, 2010
8:31 pm

We call it a “Raw Deal.”

Alabama Communist

March 29th, 2010
8:57 pm

If I was in the race for the Republican Governor of Georgia. The first thing I would do is have a come to a Jesus meeting on the State Capital steps in the Nude to prove that I was clean and repented before the Tea Party to scam the Republican voters again……..

DC

March 29th, 2010
11:19 pm

Ladies & gentlemen, please stand clear of the tracks. The derailment of two political careers is about to begin, and it could be messy. Thank you.

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joejoe

March 30th, 2010
6:30 am

Go back to that part about Congressman Deal’s aide not letting his boss go anywhere without him. did the aide benefit from the contract?

Mark

March 30th, 2010
6:32 am

If anyone thinks we are going to get away from corrupt politicians by electing Roy Barnes you are crazy!!

Winfield J. Abbe

March 30th, 2010
7:50 am

Everyone should read the excellent investigative article on this subject “Agreement with State benefit’s Deal’s firm” by Aaron Gould Sheinin and James Salzer, Atlanta Journal Constitution,
August 22, 09 at this link http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/agreement-with-state-benefits-121572.html. This article clearly shows the actions of Mr. Deal to be unethical, improper and possibly illegal. If Mr. Deal had placed the interests of the State above his own selfish interests, he would have placed his business interests in a blind trust and avoided any possible appearence of conflict of interest. No other businessman could have obtained such favored meetings in the office of high officials as Mr. Deal did. Why did not Mr. Deal just write a letter to Mr. Graham? The mystery about how the $ 1.7 million got put back into the budget is likely why Mr Cagle refused to testify for the Congressional Committee under oath. By; the way Mr. Deal is a former Democrat. He simply goes the way the wind blows to get elected. I hope the citizens of Georgia will reject him at the ballot box. By the way he is also another lawyer of which we have too many at the government trough. Lawyers love secrecy in government. If these writers for the AJC had not produced this good article, none of us would know about these secret shenanigans behind closed doors. If Mr. Deal has so much trouble understanding how his actions amounted to conflict of interest the citizens of Georgia certainly do not need him as their Governor do they?

Winfield J. Abbe

March 30th, 2010
8:06 am

“It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason and justice, tell me I ought to do.” Edmund Burke

As quoted in the book: “IBM and the Corruption of Justice in America” by Earl Carey, Bismarck House, St. Louis, 1992, page 267.

Used to be Disgusted

March 30th, 2010
8:21 am

Republicans hate America. Why are they so pathological in their hatred of democracy? Why do they always make up things that are not true?

Why do republicans hate America so much?

Paddy O

March 30th, 2010
9:16 am

Repubs don’t hate America, they had welfare mother attitudes which suck up so much money, the government can’t pave a street. But, the Sonny Perdue repubs will float a billion bond each year so they can pay their business owning buddies. The middle class (25,000 to 68,000) gets screwed everywhich way you can imagine. BUT, I would rather be middle class then a food stamp dependent, public housing (jail light) resident.

East Lake Ira

March 30th, 2010
9:58 am

Glad … Retired: You mean the Public Health Service when you refer to the Commissioned Corps etc. Right? The same one that’s been around since John Adams was President? Stop being afraid of change…

Obama's not the Devil... Although he did come down to GA

March 30th, 2010
11:06 am

@DT. The Funny thing is that you think the person that logged on as P.Diddy is black. Thats why you called him a monkey. Igonorant, Ignorant, Ignorant . ANd you wonder why people laugh at you.

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