Deal appoints donors, newspaper says

ATLANTA — A newspaper study shows that nearly half of Gov. Nathan Deal's appointees to state boards and commissions are contributors to his gubernatorial campaign.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in today that 37 of the 87 people the governor has named to boards and commissions since he took office in January are donors to his campaign.

The newspaper says 15 of those appointed are women, three are black and 17 live in Hall County, where Deal lived before moving into the governor's mansion.

The governor's spokesman, Brian Robinson, says Deal has a goal of diversity. He says many of the positions have an application process and the governor's selections reflect the diversity of the applicant pool.

Robinson says people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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