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Friday, May 27, 2011 - 8:31am

Deal Raised $1.6 M For Inaugural, Transition

Gov. Nathan Deal raised more than $1.6 million for his inaugural celebrations and transition into office.

Documents released Friday by the Deal inaugural committee show that the former congressman spent about $1.2 million of the money.

He spent $295,571 on the January inaugural gala, which was canceled because of an ice storm. The second gala cost $244,743. No state money was spent on either celebration.

Big donors included AT&T, Cigna, Georgia Power, Select Management Resources and Dalton businessman Ken Boring. Each gave $50,000.

Deal paid $357,862 in staff costs between when he was elected in November and when he took office in January.

The fundraising is in keeping with his predecessor, Sonny Perdue, who raised $1.4 million for his 2002 inauguration and $1.2 million for a gala in 2007.