Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --
E-mails and memos show that while in Congress, Republican Nathan Deal lobbied Georgia's attorney general and top environmental officials to approve a landfill that he and his business partner wanted next to their Gainesville auto salvage yard.
The e-mails and memos obtained by The Associated Press show that
Deal, now the GOP nominee for governor, was part owner of some
property contained in the landfill proposal and signed applications
for it. Deal denies any financial interest in the project.
The documents, obtained through open records requests, show Deal
tried in 2005 to persuade Attorney General Thurbert Baker to
interpret state law so the landfill could move forward. They also
indicate Deal's top congressional aide was keeping close tabs,
communicating with state officials through his U.S. House e-mail