Gov. Nathan Deal—Became the focus of a state ethics investigation after questions about his 2010 campaign finances were raised. Allegedly, Deal’s campaign paid $322,000 to companies that Deal or his associates own or have an interest in.
Denise Deal—Gov. Deal’s daughter-in-law and founder of Southern Magnolia Capital, a fundraising company that received $90,000 from Deal’s campaign. Southern Magnolia has no website or phone number listed.
Richard Riley—Chief-of-Staff Chris Riley’s father and owner of Creekside Consulting. The company received $6,000 from Deal’s campaign, Creekside’s only listed client.
North Georgia Aviation—A subsidiary of Gainesville Salvage, which is co-owned by Gov. Deal. NGA received $135,000 in payments from Deal’s campaign.
Stacey Kalberman—Former Ethics Commission Director who won a $1.15 million judgment on her claim that she was forced from her job for investigating complaints against Deal.
Elisabeth Murray-Obertein—Former Ethics Commission staff attorney who recommended a $70,000 fine for Deal’s campaign finance violations. The fines were later reduced to $3,000 and Murray-Obertein was fired in early 2014. The state paid her $477,500 to avoid a lawsuit.
Sherry Streicker—Former Ethics Commission Deputy Director who claims she was forced from her job for investigating Deal’s 2010 campaign. In June, the state settled her case for $1 million.
John Hair—Former Ethics Commission media specialist who filed a whistleblower lawsuit after alleging that he was told to alter records related to Deal’s ethics case. His case was settled for $410,000.
Holly LaBerge—Gov. Deal’s hand-picked replacement for former ethics chief Stacey Kalberman. Ethics officials Obertein and Hair testified to LaBerge saying that she “made the governor’s legal problems go away” and that Gov. Deal owes her.
Chris Riley—Gov. Deal’s chief-of-staff. Regularly held closed-door meetings with Holly Laberge during her investigation into Gov. Deal.
Patrick Millsaps—Former ethics chairman, appointed by Deal, who tried to dissuade Kalberman from pursuing an investigation into Deal’s campaign. Millsaps later replaced Kalberman with LaBerge.
Randy Evans—Gov. Deal’s attorney who claims, “We’re not involved in this,” when asked about the ongoing federal investigation into the ethics commission.
FBI—Has served subpoenas to five former and current members of the ethics commission as part of an ongoing federal investigation into the handling of Deal’s ethics case.