Gov. Deal’s campaign pays his daughter-in-law’s firm $600K

Gov. Nathan Deal paid his daughter-in-law’s fundraising company $607,000 just before and just after he won re-election in November.

Deal raised $15 million to win re-election, but his end-of-the-year report released late Thursday showed his campaign had only $115,000 left in the bank. Deal won his second and final term in November, and the former longtime congressman said it was his final campaign.

Denise Deal has been the governor’s fund-raiser since he began running for governor in 2009, despite limited experience raising money for campaigns. Her companies received more than $1.5 million for his re-election campaign, including the money noted in his end-of-the-year filing.

Once Deal won his first term in 2010, numerous Republican lawmakers suddenly hired his daughter-in-law to raise money for them. She worked out of a facility at the airport in Gainesville, the same building that served as a campaign headquarters for the governor in 2010.

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