Investigative File On Political Giving Sealed

The investigation into whether employees for a North Carolina company gave unlawful contributions to Gov. Beverly Perdue and Senate leader Marc Basnight has reached a new phase.

State Board of Elections executive director Gary Bartlett said on Tuesday the investigative file on donations from nine people connected to Atlantic Corp. of Wilmington has been sealed because of possible criminal wrongdoing. Bartlett said it was done by New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David, who is leading the investigation.

Perdue's campaign forfeited $48,000 in contributions March 19 because her campaign was worried the donors may have been unlawfully reimbursed by their employer.

Basnight's campaign also received $44,500 from the same people. His office said he would forfeit the money if it was found to be given unlawfully.

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