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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A local businessman is under investigation in connection to questionable campaign donations. New Hanover County district attorney Ben David says the investigation looks into contributions made by Atlantic Corp. owner Rusty Carter.

Carter is believed to have funneled money through his employees that was then given to state Senate Majority Leader Marc Basnight, Sen. Julia Boseman and Gov. Bev Perdue. Investigators are trying to determine if Carter circumvented the law capping individual campaign contributions. David said the three officials will not face any charges. The funds in question total more than $100,000.

David is waiting on the completed report. If the investigation points to Carter,a request will be sent to the Board of Elections for reimbursement.

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