Merritt Heads New Anti-Corruption Tip Service

North Carolina's former state auditor says he wants to help the media and investigators clean up government around the country with a new tip service.

Les Merritt is the executive director of the nonprofit Foundation for Ethics in Public Service out of Raleigh. He and former FBI special agent Frank Perry are leading the group.

Merritt said Monday the foundation is soliciting tips on public corruption in North Carolina and other states.

The group will give information to journalists and may contact government investigators as well. Merritt said the group will be nonpartisan and has members of both parties on their governing

Merritt is a Republican who was auditor for four years until he lost last fall to Democrat Beth Wood.

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