Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes released an ad yesterday questioning why his opponent Republican Nathan Deal has not released any of his tax returns.
Barnes put 25 years wroth of his tax records up on his website, and he is asking Deal to do the same.
Barnes’ campaign released the following statement about the issue of tax returns:
“The Roy Barnes for Governor campaign questioned why Congressman Nathan Deal hasn’t released his personal and corporate tax returns in a new ad entitled “Hiding” on Wednesday.
“On May 5, 2010, Roy Barnes released 25 years worth of income tax returns on his campaign website and called on every Georgia gubernatorial candidate to embrace the same ethical standard of transparency.
“One hundred and sixteen days later, Congressman Deal has yet to make his past business dealings public, despite being named one of the “Most Corrupt Members of Congress” and coming under intense scrutiny for his company’s no-bid contract with the State of Georgia.
“I have released 25 years of my tax returns online because I believe those seeking public office should be committed to the principles of open government and full disclosure,” Barnes said. “Georgians want an ethical leader, one who has nothing to hide; and that is why I’m calling on Congressman Deal to release 25 years of personal and corporate tax returns online.”
“Congressman Deal fled Washington, D.C. because he was facing a Congressional Ethics investigation – now he’s refusing to release his tax returns to voters,” Roy2010’s Emil Runge said. “We have to wonder, just what is Congressman Deal hiding?”
The 16 second ad called “Hiding” is clearly linking Deal’s refusal to release his tax records with the ethics investigation he was facing while in Congress.
Deal, former US Congressman was found guilty of violating six different House and government ethics rules because of a no-bid contract between his auto salvage business and the state. Because Deal quit his Washington office a day before the results of the ethics investigation were made public, he avoided a trial.
Currently, the issue of Deal’s business is a subject of federal grand jury investigation, according to www.redstate.com. Deal’s campaign claims that he did not engage in any illegal activities and they are not aware of a grand jury investigation. There is also a pending state ethics probe investigating whether Deal used his campaign contributions to defend himself from the federal ethics probe.
View the ad “hiding” below, or click here to see it on youtube.