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    Deal on CREW’s ‘most embarrassing’ list for 2010

     

    Gov.-elect Nathan Deal left Congress this year but still made the list of 2010’s “most embarrassing re-elects” compiled by a Washington advocacy group.

    The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which filed the 2009 complaint that led to a congressional ethics investigation of Deal, described him as a “new governor to watch” in a just-released report.

    CREW’s report notes Deal’s involvement in a no-bid state contract to provide a site to inspect salvaged vehicles; failure to disclose $2.8 million in loans; and his office’s payments to lease aircraft from a company founded by his chief of staff, Chris Riley.

    Eleven members of Congress (none from Georgia) also grace the list, ranging from Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann to Maxine Waters in Los Angeles. Seven Republicans and five Democrats, for those who are counting.

     

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    2 Responses to “Deal on CREW’s ‘most embarrassing’ list for 2010”

    1. USG Faculty & Staff says:

      When we asked the members of the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians to address the millions of dollars given under the table to top administrators within the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (link noted below), a member of the Special Council, Christine Ries, stated to us on December 7, 2010 (in part):
      “I refer you to the bill that created the Council and to our mandate. We are to recommend changes to the structure of the tax code. We are not charged and have avoided involvement in any issue regarding expenditure. If the Assembly had asked or we had stretched to consider expenditure issues, we would never complete the job assigned to us.”
      And according to Aaron Gould Sheinin of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution in an article dated December 8, 2010, entitled, “Deal warns of cuts to K-12, HOPE,” Sheinin reports:
      “Gov.-elect Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he has spent the month since the November election realizing the full extent of the state’s budget woes — and he warned that extremely difficult choices remain.”
      QUESTION: When is Nathan Deal going to address cutting the millions of dollars to his friends in the University System of Georgia that voted him in to office?
      We are not holding our breath for that one. Sounds like more of the same “good ‘ole boys” to us.
      Read more: http://www.macon.com/2010/12/08/1368859/deal-warns-of-cuts-to-k-12-hope.html#ixzz17WaEKZEv
      Link to full story: http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2009/10/05/university-execs-deferred-pay-often-hidden-tops-7-million/

    2. USG Faculty & Staff says:

      When we asked the members of the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians to address the millions of dollars given under the table to top administrators within the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (link below), a member of the Special Council, Christine Ries, stated to us on December 7, 2010 (in part):
      “I refer you to the bill that created the Council and to our mandate. We are to recommend changes to the structure of the tax code. We are not charged and have avoided involvement in any issue regarding expenditure. If the Assembly had asked or we had stretched to consider expenditure issues, we would never complete the job assigned to us.”
      And according to Aaron Gould Sheinin of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution in an article dated December 8, 2010, entitled, “Deal warns of cuts to K-12, HOPE,” Sheinin reports:
      “Gov.-elect Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he has spent the month since the November election realizing the full extent of the state’s budget woes — and he warned that extremely difficult choices remain.”
      Question: When is Nathan Deal going to address cutting the millions of dollars to his friends in the University System of Georgia that voted him in to office?
      We are not holding our breath for that one. Sounds like more of the same “good ‘ole boys” to us.
      Read more: http://www.macon.com/2010/12/08/1368859/deal-warns-of-cuts-to-k-12-hope.html#ixzz17WaEKZEv
      Link to full story: http://www.atlantaunfiltered.com/2009/10/05/university-execs-deferred-pay-often-hidden-tops-7-million/

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