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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 11:18am

Deal Says He's Not A Target of Probe

Updated: 7 years ago.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal says he has no knowledge of a federal investigation into his business's relations with the state government. (photo courtesy of U.S. Congress)

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal says as far as he knows he is not the target or the subject of a grand jury probe into his longtime business arrangement with the state.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained documents showing that Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham was subpoenaed by a grand jury last month regarding a meeting he had with Deal last year.

That’s when Deal spoke with Graham and others about a state program that earned Deal's company nearly $300,000 a year.

Deal told the Associated Press that he has not been interviewed by federal authorities.

Meanwhile, an ethics complained was filed against Deal’s opponent Karen Handel by a political blogger.

Bill Simon accuses Handel of illegally paying 13 thousand dollars to her campaign for governor.

The money he says was raised when she ran for Secretary of State. A spokesman for Handel says Simon is biased.

Under Georgia law campaign funds must be used for the purpose for which they were raised.

Deal and Handel are in an August 10th runoff.