Nathan Deal - Georgia

Nathan Deal Worst Governor

Resigning from Congress to avoid an ethics investigation was only the beginning of Gov. Deal’s corrupt track record.

As a candidate for governor, one of Nathan Deal’s first acts was to hire his politically inexperienced daughter-in-law, paying her at least $40,000 over the course of the campaign and doling out payments to Southern Magnolia Capital, LLC, a company she co-founded. Her involvement with the company was not known until after Gov. Deal was elected. Between January 2011 and March 2013, the company received more than $240,000 from Gov. Deal’s campaign.

Additionally, the chairman of Georgia’s State Ethics Commission, appointed by Gov. Deal, appears to have obstructed ethics investigations into payments made by the Deal campaign. Two lawyers for the commission were forced out of their jobs for involvement with the case, and have since filed a wrongful termination suit against the commission.

  • Elected in 2010, running for reelection in 2014; previously included in CREW’s 2009 Most Corrupt report when serving in the House of Representatives
  • Hired his daughter-in-law to work on his campaign and paid her company more than $240,000 between January 2011 and March 2013
  • Appointed a chairman of the state’s ethics commission who appears to have forced out two investigators involved in an investigation of Gov. Deal’s campaign

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