Question for the New State Board of Elections

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Will they continue the sweepstakes investigation into Gov. McCrory, Moore & Van Allen and others?

RALEIGH—Progress North Carolina Action today called on the newly sworn-in State Board of Elections to continue the investigation into irregular campaign donations from the sweepstakes gambling industry to Gov. McCrory, Speaker Tillis, Pro Tem Berger and many other state lawmakers. Also under investigation are lobbyists from McCrory’s former employer, Moore & Van Allen, as well as lobbyists from other firms.

In a Friday evening news release—still unavailable on the Governor’s website—McCrory announced he was replacing all five members of the State Board of Elections. The timing raises concerns that McCrory may be attempting to quash this important investigation, which has just barely begun.

“The question is simple,” said Gerrick Brenner of Progress NC Action.  “Will the new State Board of Elections continue the investigation into questionable donations from North Carolina’s single largest campaign donor in 2012.”

“The new Board has a chance to demonstrate their independence and non-partisanship by announcing today that they are going to continue the investigation into sweepstakes related donations. They should give their investigators their full support. Anything short of saying ‘yes’ to the investigation at today’s meeting is unacceptable.”

The new Board will meet at 11:00 a.m. in the State Board of Elections Boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.

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