Lobbyist's Legal And Business Future Clouded By Black's Disclosure

Former House Speaker Jim Black's testimony during his sentencing may have threatened one of North Carolina's most influential lobbyists.

On Tuesday, Black identified Don Beason as the lobbyist who gave him a $500,000 loan in 2000. The money briefly showed up in Black's campaign account but was eventually returned to Beason.

Beason's clients include BB&T, IBM and Progress Energy. He has worked in and around state government for 35 years.

Beason issued an apology shortly after Black was sentenced to as many as ten months in prison and ordered to pay a $1 million fine.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby says the investigation isn't over. It's not clear whether Beason will face any criminal charges.


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