Gov.’s legal counsel knew of board member interest conflict

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Gov. Pat McCrory’s chief legal counsel knew almost a year ago that the law firm of a North Carolina Board of Elections member had received $1.3 million in payments from the target of an investigation into questionable political donations.

But McRory spokesman Josh Ellis says Bob Stephens didn’t say anything to McCrory about the potential conflict of interest or other issues with Paul J. Foley. Ellis is also a spokesman for Stephens.

Foley resigned Wednesday, less than a week after The Associated Press reported that he pressed the agency’s staff for regular updates on the investigation into Chase Burns, who provided more than $270,000 in checks to the campaigns of top North Carolina officials, including McCrory.

Elections Board Chairman Josh Howard says they relayed their concerns to Stephens.

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