Three elite Georgia boards help bankroll Gov. Nathan Deal

Three of Georgia’s top public boards help decide some of the biggest issues facing the state’s residents.

Turns out, they also play an out-sized role bankrolling the political campaigns of Gov. Nathan Deal.

More than four-fifths of members on those boards contributed nearly $1.3 million to Deal’s campaign and political action committee, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of campaign records — a rate one longtime watchdog calls “amazing.”

Nationally, less than two-tenths of 1 percent of American adults contribute $200 or more to political candidates or parties, according to, a non-partisan campaign finance group in Washington, D.C.

Find out who gives and how much in our exclusive story and interactive graphic on