NC grand jury calls for probe into Perdue backer

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Submitted: Tue, 04/09/2013 - 2:40am
Updated: Tue, 04/09/2013 - 2:41am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Wake County grand jury is asking the district attorney to determine if a supporter of former Gov. Beverly Perdue violated state campaign finance laws.

The grand jury’s report said there was probable cause to believe Charles Michael Fulenwider of Morganton broke the law by funneling money through a Chapel Hill firm to pay for someone on Perdue’s staff during the 2008 gubernatorial campaign.

Fulenwider is believed to have provided $32,000 to Tryon Capital Ventures LLC to help pay the salary of Julia Leigh Sitton as she worked as a fundraiser for Perdue’s campaign.

Grand jurors noted that Fulenwider had already donated the maximum allowed to Perdue’s campaign when the scheme was hatched with Sitton and Peter Reichard, who was Perdue’s former campaign manager.

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  • Vog46 says:

    $32,000 worth of questionable monies to Smiley and now $106,000 to McCrory who I will dub “Smirkey” because the political sewer in North Carolina is bipartisan.

    Congrats to Smirkey and Smiley for establishing the new benchmarks of political dirty money here in NC !!!!
    A Long Leaf Pine award for both of you…….


  • Vog46 says:

    Bill filed to allow lobbyists’ gifts again
    By Laura Leslie

    Posted: 6 minutes ago
    A veteran Republican state House lawmaker has filed a proposal to allow lobbyists to once again give unreported gifts to state lawmakers in North Carolina.

    House Bill 640, filed by Iredell Republican Robert Brawley, would roll back many of the ethics reforms passed by state lawmakers in the wake of the Speaker Jim Black scandal of 2006.

    The measure would repeal bans on gifts from lobbyists to lawmakers, and relax requirements that lobbyists disclose such gifts.

    Brawley returned to the state legislature in 2013 after having served from 1981 till his retirement in 1998 — well before the current gift bans were enacted. He’s currently a member of House leadership, serving as chairman of the Finance committee, an influential post that would almost certainly attract lobbyists’ interest.

    Brawley did not immediately respond to requests for an explanation of his proposal. We’ll update here when he does.


    Is this guy nuts? Does he think we forgot?
    What a nutcase


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