Georgia Republicans Paid to Fight Obamacare by Secret Political Action Committee

| by Michael Allen
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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's family and business partner have received money from a secret Political Action Committee called "Real PAC" to fight Obamacare.

About half a million dollars of the money donated to Real PAC has come from health insurance companies such as Aetna, Humana, BlueCross BlueShield and United Health Group, which oppose implementing Obamacare, noted

Real PAC did not file financial disclosures for two years and was not publicly known, but Gov. Deal (pictured) did release a list of donors and expenses last Friday after exposed a portion of the fund.

According to the Associated Press:

The fund was established by Deal supporters and has connections to the Republican governor. It paid $30,000 to Southern Magnolia Capital, a fundraising firm founded by Deal's daughter-in-law, Denise Deal. It also paid Ken Cronan, who co-owned a Gainesville salvage yard with Deal, more than $10,000 in December for pilot and plane expenses. added:

Deal’s business partner, Ken Cronan, and Gainesville businessman Jim Walters, a lifelong friend of the governor’s, are the PAC’s secretary and chairman. Its name is a reference to Deal’s 2010 campaign slogan: “Deal. Real.” And its registered agent, Russell P. Love, is an attorney at McKenna Long & Aldridge, as is Deal’s high-profile attorney, Randy Evans.

“[Gov. Deal] goes out and he does their bidding. He’s working for them instead of working for the 650,000 Georgians who don’t have insurance at all or access to the Medicaid expansion," Bryan Long, a member of the activist group Better Georgia, told

“...[Gov Deal] knew that this was so wrong that he didn’t want to tell anyone. He tried to keep it a secret for two years.”

Real PAC's treasurer Rick Thompson said: “[Real PAC] was established and started to put a political message out there,” but couldn't explain what the message was to

The people most injured by these Republican efforts to oppose the federal health law are the 650,000 uninsured Georgia residents.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens was caught on tape telling an audience: “Let me tell you what we’re doing [about Obamacare]. Everything in our power to be an obstructionist.”

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution