Deal refunds $130K in excess donations cited in ethics complaint
By JIM WALLS
Nov. 2, 2010 — Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has refunded $130,000 in campaign contributions that allegedly exceeded the legal limit.
- $43,900 from businesses associated with Lawrenceville businessman Marvin Hewatt
- $27,900 from businesses associated with Helena businessman T. Buford Cook
- $11,900 from businesses associated with Colquitt County farmer John Mobley
- $10,000 from businesses associated with Savannah businessman Michael Kleinpeter
- $9,700 from Laurel Baye Healthcare of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
- $6,400 from businesses associated with Gainesville businessman James A. Walters
- $6,100 from Westbury Enterprises of Jackson
- $6,100 from Coca Cola Bottling Co.
- several smaller amounts, including $1,000 from state Sen. Don Balfour.
Most of the contributions were returned between Oct. 15 and Oct. 25. They are noted as expenditures in Deal’s campaign disclosure for the period ending Oct. 25, which was due Monday.
The Deal campaign appeared to have kept contributions from those sources that fell within the legal limit. Other contributions cited in the complaint did not appear to have been returned.
State law limits contributions to a statewide candidate to $6,100 from a common source. In most cases, the ethics complaint alleged, businessmen such as Hewatt and Cook got around the limits by donating through different corporations under their control.