Deal paid $135,000 for flights

Tab is far greater than opponents'
Nathan Deal

Nathan Deal's campaign for governor has paid a company in which the Republican nominee is a part-owner more than $135,000 to lease aircraft -- much more than any other candidate for governor.

Since its launch in May 2009, Deal's campaign has paid $6,000 a month for access to an airplane and a helicopter, and thousands of dollars a month in flight costs.

Deal's Democratic opponent, Roy Barnes, has paid about $16,000 for aviation services since July 1, 2009. Deal's former rival for the GOP nomination, Karen Handel, paid $6,325.40 in airfare in 2010.

State ethics laws bar candidates from using campaign money for personal benefit.

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