PAC tied to Deal raises $459,000
ATLANTA — A political action committee with ties to Gov. Nathan Deal has raised at least $459,000 in the past two years while not being required to file state disclosure reports, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Real PAC of Georgia drew donations largely from companies doing business with the state or having an interest in legislation, the newspaper reported. Among the donors were companies vying to become the administrator of the state’s taxpayer-subsidized health benefits program for hundreds of thousands of state workers and retirees.
PACs do not have to file state disclosures unless they donate more than $25,000 to political candidates in a year. The PAC’s Web site shows a photo of Deal and his wife, Sandra, on stage at a campaign rally.
Rick Thompson, the group’s treasurer, said it has never supported candidates and was organized to get a political message out. The PAC will use the funds for an ad campaign starting in September that will promote the Republicans’ agenda.
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