Deal paid $135,000 for flights

Tab is far greater than opponents'

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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.

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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.

Read the rest of this story at www.ajc.com.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/10 - 04:21 am
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Monds for governor. There's

Monds for governor. There's no choice now. We need an indepth interview with Barbara Sims and the rest of the cronies who publicly supported Deal in the primary. They need to answer questions.

Runner46
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Runner46 09/25/10 - 05:32 am
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Campaigning takes an effort

Campaigning takes an effort to meet as many people as possible. I see nothing wrong with a candidate using campaign funds to travel around the state. Commercial airlines do not go to many of the smaller communities and are not convenient. True, renting aircraft is expensive, but if a candidate wants to be known personally, that's the way to do it. I vote for the New Deal!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/10 - 05:50 am
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Runner46, you entirely missed

Runner46, you entirely missed the point. Deal is a part owner in the air transportation company and he is paying the company an excessive amount. In other words, he is taking his campaign funds and diverting money to himself. This guy is the biggest crook to ever run for governor.

smartie
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smartie 09/25/10 - 05:50 am
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ok, ac. we get it! the guys a

ok, ac. we get it! the guys a crook. so is ol' roy. and john barrow. and sam nunn, strom thurmond, obama, mccain, palin, clinton, etc., etc.. see the common thread. p-o-l-i-t-i-c-i-a-n-s!!! they're all crooks, running a crooked scheme. i wouldn't know john monds if he held a gun to my head and demanded money. but, if he hasn't laundered money, filed bankruptcy, publicly lied to his constituents, committed adultery, or tried to sell a senate seat for his own gain, then he's got my vote.

dickworth1
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dickworth1 09/25/10 - 05:56 am
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The liberal press is out to
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The liberal press is out to get Deal, this includes Atlanta journal and the
Augusta Chronicle,on everything! If Deal wants to spend his funds for whatever, as long as it is legal, who cares. How much did Obama spend
to con voters? By the way, Deal purchased two Big Mac's and a Dr. pepper from McDonalds, although he reported that it was a pepsi. Get
over it liberal press, your boy is going to lose and he can go back to his
barn and play with the cock and bull he is mouthing about. Vote for the
one who is going to help georgians, which is Deal.

smartie
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smartie 09/25/10 - 06:24 am
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this dudes record speaks for

this dudes record speaks for itself. so does barnes. they're both as crooked as a question mark.

Ga Values
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Ga Values 09/25/10 - 06:26 am
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Deal is too corrupt for

Deal is too corrupt for Georgia.. None of the, Above John Monds has my vote

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 07:40 am
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Remember those ads paid for

Remember those ads paid for by Lee Anderson, Barbara Sims, Paul Broun and Bill Jackson?

They came after Deal had depleted his own funds by using them to pay lawyers defending him in the ethics investigation and - now apparent - lavish spending on private planes.

Therefore if you gave campaign contributions to these folks you were not only supporting the most corrupt governor candidate ever, but supplanting his legal bills.

Can we tell them NEVER AGAIN?

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 12:00 pm
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My goodness, Deal's spending

My goodness, Deal's spending on planes has been EIGHT TIMES MORE THAN BARNES'!!!!!!!!!

$5 million in debt he can't repay.

"Forgetting" to report debt allowed him to STEAL the run-off from Handel.

Fleeing Congress just ahead of the ethics cops that got his buddy Rangel.

Voted for NAFTA.

Voted to allow Wall Street to steal everything in sight.

Voted for biggest social program in 40 years.

Voted for every spending program in sight.

Georgia cannot afford a mad spending crook.

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 07:57 am
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OK, it was 'only' 8x Barnes.

OK, it was 'only' 8x Barnes. Sorry for the hyperbole.

Voting for NAFTA and all the social programs has NOT been brought up by the AJC because Deal agrees with them on those things.

So the wail that AJC is out to get Deal is preposterous.

Deal is a rotten Deal by his own actions.

A Deal voter is not a conservative voter.

dougk
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dougk 09/25/10 - 08:12 am
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I can't believe that people
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I can't believe that people are excusing this man's crookedness.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 09/25/10 - 08:33 am
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Crook Crook Crook..... If he
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Crook Crook Crook..... If he wanted to get out and see the people... then he should hop in his fancy car and DRIVE like the rest of us. I have to jump in my beat up truck with no a/c every day and go to work. On top of all that- for him to be using a company HE benefits from- is outrageous.

Chillen
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Chillen 09/25/10 - 08:53 am
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Leopards do NOT change their

Leopards do NOT change their spots. Deal is a typical politician. Crooked, big spender RINO/liberal. You folks who voted for him really messed up Georgia badly (thanks).

I would like to appeal to all to vote for Monds. If we can get Monds & Barnes in a run-off, I believe Monds could win. If you say you are going to vote for him, please, visit his web site and make a campaign contribution. He cannot win without some advertising and that costs money. I'm giving him some money today.

It would be absolutely incredible for Georgia to send a NATIONAL political message by electing a libertarian. The news would be talking about it for months. It would blast holes in the corrupt 2 party system, showing everyone that we can survive and thrive without it.

If Monds is elected, Georgia would be the winner.

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 09:18 am
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Ah, Chillen, they were brain

Ah, Chillen, they were brain dead.

Remember that Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, said about repeating a lie often enough that people believe it is true.

That is what the Deal folks did. They ran ads that hammered the notion that Deal was the CONSERVATIVE. The barrage was relentless. The unthinking voter, who lets whatever he hears determine their vote did not look into Deal's record, which is fiscally and financially ruinous.

Deal is not a conservative. He was a Bush/RINO who blew $trillions of our money.

Sadly, there are brain dead people who vote that will give him a new chance to do more damage to America and Georgia.

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 11:58 am
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Duped

Duped

smartie
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smartie 09/25/10 - 12:04 pm
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sounds a lot like what the

sounds a lot like what the ones that elected a socialist president did, arrow. you remember? the jobs? the healthcare? you got the healthcare. now! where's the jobs?

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 12:46 pm
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Don't blame me, I contributed

Don't blame me, I contributed to and supported RON PAUL.

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 12:47 pm
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The jobs are outside of the

The jobs are outside of the USA, where Nathan Deal sent them with his NAFTA vote.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 09/25/10 - 01:57 pm
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What's the deal with the AC

What's the deal with the AC having this and friday's front page lead story about Nathan Deal's finances ;personal and campaign? Nothing has been proven to be against the law. I guess the AC is happy to see people look at someone else's financial trouble after forcing their bondholders to accept pennies on the dollar in a bankruptcy action on millions of dollars in corporate bonds. How much of Barnes's air travel has been donated by supporters?
I'll bet it's the first time those 2 AJC reporters have made front page in any newspaper.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/25/10 - 02:00 pm
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Barnes has been smart enough

Barnes has been smart enough to get the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal Constitution and now the "Georgia Newspaper Partnership" to dig up and publish the dirt on Deal. Ole Nathan cannot count on the media to do the same for him. He will have to do the digging himself. If he has no counter corruption on Barnes, Deal is done. I give him two weeks before we stick a fork in him.

Many Arrows
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Many Arrows 09/25/10 - 02:58 pm
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LL, Why 2 weeks? The bum has

LL,

Why 2 weeks? The bum has been ruining us for 17 years in DC and this is a flavor of what we get if we vote him in.

I am no liberal and I really hate being ultimately forced to vote for Roy Barnes, a guy I helped throw OUT, but to vote for someone this wildly and recklessly irresponsible with money, and demonstrably corrupt to boot, is like putting every facet of government up for sale.

Anyone who would vote for Deal has no credibility or sense of responsibility. They would vote for Blago if he were an 'R.'

ken8375309
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ken8375309 09/25/10 - 08:21 pm
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One of these days the general

One of these days the general public will wise up and realize that both party candidates are bought and paid for long before the elections have begun... There is no so called "lesser of two evils", per se...

Rainbow Johnson
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Rainbow Johnson 09/26/10 - 01:40 pm
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The New Deal is a Raw Deal!

The New Deal is a Raw Deal! What a bottom feeding, scum sucking crook. This Republican is voting Libertarian!

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