Firm owned by Deal relative finds success, critics

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Updated: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:15:55 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Since helping Gov. Nathan Deal raise $8.3 million during the 2010 election, his daughter-in-law has become a player in Georgia politics — signing up more than two dozen state and federal candidates as her fundraising firm's clients. The governor has remained Denise Deal's biggest client, and that has prompted questions about whether the governor's family is benefiting from his office. While it's clear campaign payments to a candidate's relative are legal, scrutiny is likely to continue with Denise Deal signed up as the governor's fundraiser for re-election. Deal says her firm's revenue is far lower than the roughly $791,000 in payments it has received from 27 candidates since 2010. The money includes fees and commissions, and likely tens of thousands in reimbursements for event expenses. Deal reiterates the governor has no involvement in her firm.

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