ATLANTA (AP) - A Washington-based ethics group has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice requesting a criminal probe into former Rep. Nathan Deal.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday said questions remain about money Deal's auto salvage business earned when he was in the U.S. House. Deal is also facing allegations that he improperly used his congressional office to pressure state officials.

On Monday the House Office of Congressional Ethics released a report saying Deal's business dealings may have violated ethics rules. Deal resigned on March 21 so he is no longer subject to the oversight of congressional ethics panels.

Deal, of Gainesville, is seeking the GOP nomination for governor in Georgia.

He has denied any wrongdoing.


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ATLANTA (AP) - A congressional probe accuses Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal of six violations of House and government ethics rules stemming from a no-bid contract between his auto salvage business and the state.

The nonpartisan board of the Office of Congressional Ethics released the report on Monday.

There was no immediate comment from Deal's campaign.

Deal resigned from Congress March 21 after casting a vote against the health overhaul bill. Because he is no longer in the U.S. House, he faces no penalty from the probe.

Congressional investigators found that Deal made at least $75,000 in 2008 in outside income, well over the limit of $25,830.

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