Deal Wrote Recommendation for Georgia Ethics Chief

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News Release: Associated Press
July 30, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal wrote a letter of recommendation for the state ethics commission director a year after she said she felt pressured to dissolve investigations into his 2010 campaign.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained a copy of Deal's letter recommending Holly LaBerge to Leadership Georgia, a Georgia Chamber of Commerce affiliate that trains future leaders.

LaBerge was accused of saying Deal owed her for dissolving investigations. Deal has said he doesn't know LaBerge. His spokesman, Brian Robinson, says the recommendation was a form letter sent under Deal's name. Robinson says the letter shows the two had a professional relationship before and after Deal's cases were completed.

William Perry of Common Cause Georgia says he questions whether their relationship was as distant as they have each said it was.

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