Gov. Nathan Deal, right, delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly in the House Chambers, as House Speaker David Ralston, looks on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
ATLANTA Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday acknowledged violating state campaign rules and agreed to pay a total of $3,350 in "administrative fees" to settle three ethics complaints.
Deal and the state ethics commission signed off on the consent orders relating to complaints filed against Deal over the past several years. Two other outstanding cases were dismissed and two more remain unresolved.
The commission agreed to charge the governor's campaign $2,650, $600 and $100 to settle three separate cases dealing with campaign finance reports and personal financial disclosure reports.
Deal was not at Monday's meeting.
The two complaints yet to be decided revolve around the governor's campaign's use of a private airplane in which he has an ownership interest and his paying legal fees from his state account to respond to a federal ethics investigation.
The two dimissed complaints involved allegations that Deal improperly paid his daughter's firm for fund raising services and that he conspired with a former ethics commission chairman to quash an investigation.
In the settled cases, the first dealt with claims the governor improperly disclosed campaign expenditures. The commission found he had failed to list the name that appears on a credit card used for campaign purchases. The violations were considered technical in nature.
There were 53 separate violations, each carrying a $50 fee — the highest allowable by law.
In the second case, the governor's campaign did not properly report assets and liabiilties on personal finance disclosure forms. The commission again found these to be technical defects. Deal must pay a $600 fee.
On the third case, Deal acknowledges that two donors who had already given the maximum to his 2010 general election campaign contributed another $100 that was meant for a primary runoff but were mistakenly listed as being for the general election.