AJC investigation: Report finds Deal violated ethics rules

March 29, 2010 12:50 pm

by Tyler · 76 comments

Cross Posted from AJC.com. By Aaron Gould Sheinin. Continue to check here for updates on this developing story.

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.

Read the rest at the AJC. — Erick

travis fain March 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Is “cross posted” a new phrase that means “stolen in its entirety?”

Tyler March 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Travis, I got permission directly from Sheinin.

Part-Time Atlanta March 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

And by that he means yes.

Mayonnaise March 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Deal is now tied with the Ox as the most corrupt candidate in the 2010 GA Gov race. There are only two acceptable choices in this race: Eric Johnson and Karen Handel. And only Eric will be able to handle Barnes in the debates.

Republican Lady March 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Karen will defeat Barnes.

rugby March 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

She has to defeat the Ox first. Which she isn’t doing at the moment.

Republican Lady March 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Obviously you haven’t kept up with the polls or Ox’s peccadilloes. Don’t sell Karen short because she is a women with significant brain power, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

polisavvy March 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I believe that this will actually help Representative Scott. He is running on strong ethics.

Progressive Dem March 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I wouldn’t sell Karen Handel short. She’ll will do quite well in a debate with anyone. She is a street fighter and Johnson better watch out or he’ll be gutted and hung out to dry.

Part-Time Atlanta March 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Just don’t put him in one of the closets at the Capitol to dry.

ByteMe March 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Oh my…..

rugby March 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Well that clears things up.

ByteMe March 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Not for Cagle. That thread is still waiting to be pulled to see how long it takes to unravel.

Icarus March 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I wonder if Harris has a comment ready yet.

rugby March 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

No comment. In the meantime, please check with my lawyer, I believe you have his number.

provisional March 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm

The Gainesville Times has a quote from Harris…

“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,” said spokesman Harris Blackwood. “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.”

HowardRoark March 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Oh, well nevermind then. I guess Nathan Deal is innocent.

/Silly me

B Balz March 29, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Non-starter status of this story goes to End-of-Report mode with the release of this report. Guess this eliminates last week’s Speculation-Du-Jour about disclosure during debate on this issue.

I don’t think your average voter can possibly overlook this sort of chicanery. Mr. Oxendine’s purported ethics issues pale in comparison.

Gonna be mighty interesting to see how this plays out in Camp Deal. Thanks goodness for GA’s colorful Ninth district or what would we have to talk about ‘roun heah?

Rep. Scott’s stock just rose doubly. He got good air in Atlanta on his proposal to eliminate the GA400 Toll, and now this!

ByteMe March 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Sure makes any upcoming debates more interesting.

polisavvy March 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

The debates certainly will be more interesting. I feel sure that he and Representative Scott will engage in some very intense discussions about this matter. Something tells me.

Icarus March 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

On second thought, perhaps referring folks to the Committee on Standards and Conduct wasn’t the best strategy after all.

rugby March 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm

No comment.

B Balz March 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I mean they released because they could, not that it was exactly proper. Remember the power of the Government is omnipotent.

File under: screwed, tagged, and buried.

polisavvy March 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Hysterical “filed under” words. Loved it! :)

Sarah Scott March 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Nothing says politically motivated like a report released after the resignation of a congressional member.

Additionally, Ox uses his office to take from the citizens of Georgia. Deal has never had a state contract, nor does he participate in the shake-down of sitting members of Congress.

Icarus March 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I’m not sure “He’s not quite as bad as Ox” is what you really want on your bumper sticker.

B Balz March 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm

No THAT goes on Roy Barnes bumper sticker!

rugby March 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Dude, Icarus, this is a politically motivated report pure and simple. Nothing at all could be factual in this because of that.

No comment on the veracity of the above statement with relation to any report that may or may not have been released today.

BTW: What is the over/under for Deal to begin using “this was a politically motivated report” as his official spin?

B Balz March 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I am not sure if the Board of the Congressional Ethics Commission can be forced by a Democratic regime to release a report if they choose not to. I will ASSUME the Board is sovereign and can make that decision.

Sooooo, let’s examine the Board, shall we?

David Skaggs, Chairman D

David Evans Skaggs (born February 22, 1943) was a Democratic Congressman from the state of Colorado from 1987 to 1999.

Porter J. Goss, Co-Chairman R

Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 until he took up his post at the agency.[1] Goss represented the Florida’s 14th congressional district, which includes Lee County, Fort Myers, Naples, and part of Port Charlotte. Republican

Yvonne Burke D

Democrat Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (born October 5, 1932) is a Democratic politician from Los Angeles, California, U.S. She was the Los Angeles County Supervisor from the 2nd district, a position she held from 1992-2008

Jay Eagen UNK
BiPartisan Mr. Eagen was sworn in by Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Chief Administrative Officer on January 4, 2007. He was originally sworn in by Speaker Newt Gingrich on July 31, 1997

Karan English D
A Democrat, English represented Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, which in the 1990s included much of Mesa, Scottsdale and northeast Arizona.

Bill Frenzel R
Republican Mr. Frenzel was the Ranking Minority Member on the House Budget Committee, and was the principal Republican economic spokesperson in the House

Allison Hayward UNK
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW ALLISON HAYWARD previously worked as Chief of Staff and Counsel in the office of Federal Election Commission Commissioner Bradley A. Smith. Prior to this, Professor Hayward practiced election law in California and in Washington DC.
In 1994-1995, Professor Hayward was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs, United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit.
She is a member of the State Bar of California, the District of Columbia Bar, United States Supreme Court Bar, and the Eastern District of California Bar.

Abner Mikva Guess D
Appointed by President Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

4 of the 8 are Dems, with one unknown Geo Mason lawyer and a bipartisan fellow.

Unconvincing to me that this is purely a political move, but then, who knows, right? I don’t think that this will bode well for Team Deal.

Capt. Jack Sparrow March 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

“Deal has never had a state contract”

Are you a fool? Blind? Family member? Or work for the campaign?

The whole DEAL was his no-bid contract with the state that resulted in huge profits for him and his “business partner” and his efforts to keep the money flowing when the Revenue Commissioner started smelling the stink.

Please go to hookedonphonics.com or rosettastone to help with your reading problems. Then, read all 168 pages. Or don’t. Because he never owned a salvage yard and inspected cars as part of A CONTRACT WITH THE STATE!!!

polisavvy March 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Regardless of the timing or the release of the report, it still does not negate the fact that there were ethics violations committed by Mr. Deal. You can whine all day about political motivation and timing all you want; however, I think that we, the voters, need to know every little thing about these candidates that is humanly possible. I guess the real question one needs to ask is why or how did he allow himself to get into this mess in the first place. Seems to me that a grown man or experienced politician would have known better. To try to dismiss his actions by saying the report was all politically motivated is an argument that you can’t win.

Republican Lady March 29, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Real Done Deal.

Doug Deal March 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Deal’s a walking corpse in this race, but he’s a corpse with some money to spend.

At this point, his campaign will be nothing but a low budget sequel to Weekend at Burnie’s.

polisavvy March 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

True. Now I guess we know why he wanted everything referred to his attorney, huh? BTW, the absolute worse bracket season I have ever had. How ’bout you?

Doug Deal March 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm

If West VA wins one more game, I win.

polisavvy March 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Great job, Doug. I, unfortunately, picked Kentucky so my bracket was busted on Saturday. Was doing great until then. I almost picked Duke and wish I had now. Good luck with West Virginia.

Mayonnaise March 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm


drjay March 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

is it a little difficult for you to write that phrase doug, it would make me shuder a little?

Doug Deal March 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm

The walking corpse part or the horrible movie from the 80s part? It’s an old expression, here being used to describe a campaign that should know it’s over, but instead walks around like a zombie eating brains.

As for the reference to weekend at Bernie’s, for that I am truly sorry.

drjay March 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm

i sort meant it in the same way you have problems with the show “deal or no deal”

Doug Deal March 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Don’t get me started. Don’t even get me started.

Pete Randall March 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Adiós muchacho!

HowardRoark March 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

So what is the fallout here for Casey Cagel?

polisavvy March 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I have a feeling that before all is said and done that there will be fallout for Mr. Cagle, just my opinion.

chefdavid March 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Maybe Michael Steele needs to sit them down and tell them to behave. I can think of no better place for him to take them to eat than the Alluvia Restaurant in Atlanta.

drjay March 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm

based on the most recent rnc spending reports steele might prefer lunch at cheetah’s…

Icarus March 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

No, I think Alluvia is better. Even if the credit card receipt says “International Grill”. Or so I’m told.

drjay March 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

o.k. i’m a dunce, i guess that’s what i get for not living in atl. it’s apparently all one and the same…

B Balz March 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

In this case not knowing is a good thing!

HowardRoark March 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm

After blowing all the RNC cash on first class air travel, lavish meals, and stays at high end resorts Mr. Steele might have to settle for T&T Steakhouse. And if any of you know what that is, you’re a real dirtbag.

drjay March 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

but if you are mentioning it, don’t you know what it is?

Part-Time Atlanta March 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm

No need to throw stones at our legislators. Who doesn’t enjoy a good piece of meat?

drjay March 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

of course it has just come to my attn. that one of tiger’s alledged mistresses will be performing at the pink pony during master’s week…

i guess none of the establishments in augusta were “classy” enough…

HowardRoark March 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm

That place is below even Jim Cole.

And Dr. Jay…I plead the 5th.

AubieTurtle March 29, 2010 at 11:27 pm

After dinner, they can go shopping for footwear at the Spring Street Shoe Show.

Mayonnaise March 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm

tick tock, tick-tock, tick-tock

Kellie March 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Only time will tell if this makes a difference on the race. Most voters don’t pay attention until election day. ;-p

B Balz March 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Sadly, the lady is correct. I bet a full 50+% of registered voters do not know this year will elect a new governor.

Lawton Sack March 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Not to mention that we don’t even get the AJC down here. A lot of the topics discussed on Peach Pundit never show up on/in the South or Southeast Georgia news shows or newspapers.

Part-Time Atlanta March 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm

That’s Ox’s plan for carrying the counties south of Macon.

Kellie March 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Most of Atlanta doesn’t get the AJC; it just isn’t worth reading. 😉

KariDee March 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Kellie….I have to agree………totally biased reporting if you ask me…….it depends on who is stuffing their pockets.

macho March 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I’m sure some the candidates will send out some direct mail pieces, as a public service, to accommodate the voters who don’t happen to be AJC subscribers.

Kellie March 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm

They are thoughtful that way. 😉

Ken in Eastman March 30, 2010 at 12:09 am


Sad AND true.

“If ignorance is bliss, then Roy Barnes will be our governor.”

drjay March 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm

isn’t this really kinda a moot point, since he’s no longer a congressman, is there any way to admonish him, it’s almost an imaginary violation now that he is no longer under their auspices, right?

Doug Deal March 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm

It’s moot for Congress, not for the voters.

drjay March 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm

even for the average voter i would expect this to be a bit of a yawner, since he is not even in congress anymore, 0ther won’t be any fine or calls for him to resign and such…

Progressive Dem March 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Well even the voters are sleeping, the contributors are wide awake. I wouldn’t want to be on his Finance Committee.

HowardRoark March 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Unfortunately he’s already amassed a campaign fund larger than the GDP of some 3rd world countries.

Part-Time Atlanta March 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm

This sucks for Deal.

ProgressivePeach March 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

We’re smelling November victory over on our side of the aisle. You criminals, er, Republicans keep up the good work!

fishtail March 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Remember when a couple of months ago everyone on this blog was a-twitter about the OX and Oscar tickets and Wayne Reece and numerous other shakedowns, not to mention his poor aim while hunting, so where did all that go? OX is still ahead. Deal will survive this. Handel and Johnson need their own scandal to get their name out there.

AubieTurtle March 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Voters aren’t paying attention yet. When campaign season gets into full swing, you can bet that all of these issues will end up in campaign commercial after campaign commercial. No one’s competition is going to let anything slide into the background.

ByteMe March 30, 2010 at 6:37 am

Exactly, now is the time to figure out each candidates’ weaknesses and strengths, not to exploit it to the point that they implode. That time is coming in another couple of months.

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