CREW Issues Statement on Office of Congressional Ethics’ Report on Rep. Nathan Deal
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) issued a scathing report on former Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) following CREW’s 2009 complaint against the congressman. The OCE found – as CREW had alleged – that Rep. Deal had used his position as a member of Congress to preserve a state program that generated financial benefit for himself and his business partner and that Rep. Deal had improperly used House resources, including staff time, to do so. The OCE also found that Rep. Deal had reported income from the business as earned income on his tax returns, but as unearned income on his financial disclosure forms and that he had failed to disclose he was the corporate secretary of his company.
CREW’s executive director Melanie Sloan stated, “Mr. Deal shouldn’t be able to dodge responsibility for his misconduct by hightailing it out of Congress before he could be held accountable. 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.” Sloan continued, “Rep. Deal may skate for abusing his position as a member of Congress for his personal financial benefit, but lying on personal financial disclosure forms is not just a violation of House rules, it’s a federal crime. The Public Integrity Section – charged with ensuring our public officials are not complete crooks - should sit up and take notice; after all, Deal didn’t resign to become a private citizen, he is running for governor.”
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