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Jim Black: Cash Donation From Topless Bar Owner Investigated

North Carolina election officials are broadening a probe of donations to former House Speaker Jim Black.

The State Board of Elections is looking into how Black received $2,000 in cash from a topless bar owner that the board says wasn't reported. Black testified about the donation last week before he was sentenced on state corruption charges. He is serving a five year federal sentence for a corruption conviction.

The board is looking at a $30,000 contribution from the video poker industry to a national Democrat organization that sends money
to legislative campaigns in North Carolina and other states.

Executive director Gary Bartlett says officials are following the money. The board has looked at records and conducted interviews and Black's hearing highlighted some new information.


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