ELECTIONS BOARD: Probe Sweepstakes Cash Distributed By Former McCrory Firm

A majority of members on the North Carolina Board of Elections say they support opening a campaign finance investigation into 2012 political donations from the operators of sweepstakes games.

The board has scheduled a meeting Tuesday.

A complaint filed this week by the campaign finance watchdog group Democracy North Carolina calls for an investigation of $235,000 in checks to more than 60 campaigns. The money came from Chase Burns, an Oklahoma man arrested last month over his ties to a veteran's charity that Florida prosecutors say served as a front for a $300 million illegal gambling operation.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that most of the checks were distributed by Moore & Van Allen, a Charlotte law and lobbying firm where Gov. Pat McCrory worked until taking office in January.

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