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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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Mar 31, 2010 at 03:22 AM
    Just remember what bev has been saying recently in her speeches, Whatever it takes. She has proven that over and over again.
  • by Lisa Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 30, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    Rusty Carter's Atlantic Corp is not the only company that gave suspicious contributions to Marc Basnight. Hobbs Upchurch & Associates employees gave max contributions all on the same day as well. Rusty Carter's son Wes works for Hobbs Upchurch. I've been blogging about this since November.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    Do the people of Charlotte and Raleigh get news? Time to go to Independent....lets see, anybody paying attention in this state. Butterfield..nope, party guy, does't care about NC, Hagan, nope, another party girl. Party like its 1999...who voted for these fools?
  • by Earl Location: Pitt County on Mar 30, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    Neat little racket if you can pull it off. Accept money illegally. Get elected. Throw some dollars at the cronies' pet projects. If caught, say "Oops" and give it back, but only the illegal part that gets brought to light. Keep the rest. Meanwhile, stay in office. Spend tax payers' money like there is no end. Start collecting money (bribes) for next election cycle. In your spare time, build a pier in your home county with taxpayers money to help generate revenue for your business or for the businesses of the people who donated to you illegally. Don't worry about prosecution. All the people who should be investigating matters are in your party and beholden to you for the budgets for their department. Like I said, neat racket if you can get it.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Mar 30, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    I would like to hear a news agency ask Gary Bartlett if these files will be made public after the investigation. The members of the State Board of Elections were all appointed by democrats, including Mark Basnight if I'm not mistaken. I think the Board of Elections should turn over the investigation to the SBI due to a possible conflict of interest.
  • by J.W. Location: Bertie County on Mar 30, 2010 at 03:38 PM
    To answer Bill's question from Greenville, don't think it will ever end until the voters are ready to take back control of our future. It's time for a new broom to sweep clean in Raleigh and Washington, DC.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Mar 30, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    Here we go again. When will it end.

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