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Lobbyist Who Gave Loan to Ex-House Speaker Urged to Come Forward

Posted July 17, 2007

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— State Republican leaders discussed a half-million dollar loan given to former House Speaker Jim Black.

Last week, prosecutors revealed the money came from an unnamed lobbyist in 2000. On Tuesday, state GOP leaders asked the lobbyist to come forward.

"This most recent revelation about former Speaker Jim Black further illustrates the complete breakdown of ethical standards during his term as one of the most powerful political officials in North Carolina government,” said Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham). "Not only was it unethical for Mr. Black to solicit this money, but it was equally as deceitful for a lobbyist to write the check and give it to Black. Anyone with knowledge, including the lobbyist, should come forward. "

"The people of North Carolina have a right to know more about this $500,000 deal. There is clearly much more to be done to show that legislative Democrats understand the necessity of restoring our state’s reputation for honest government," Berger said.

Berger, along with State Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake), called for the State Board of Elections and legislative Democrats to move forward with a formal investigation.

Black's attorneys said there was nothing unlawful about the loan, but investigators are still looking into it.

The 72-year-old Mecklenburg County Democrat  was sentenced July 11 to 63 months in prison and three years on probation for accepting more than $25,000 in cash from chiropractors while backing legislation favorable to the industry.

Black is set to start his five-year prison sentence for a federal corruption charge on July 30. However, Black's attorneys want to push back that date to Sept.10.

Black's attorneys made the request so he could attend doctor's appointments and his sentencing on state charges scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on July 31.

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  • fredssmithisnotmysenator Jul 18, 2007

    Ok, Fred Smith, step up! hehe

  • wfoutlaw Jul 18, 2007

    Mr.Black is a chip off the block in Democrat party,standard ripping the taxpayer off. This is nothing new, it's been happening for years.

  • Myword Jul 17, 2007

    Ok. The prosecution dropped this bomb to get Black's sentence bigger. So. now they need to do the right thing themselves and give up the name--to prove what they said was true, is true. Otherwise, it's a sham. What's his (her) name?

  • giffman Jul 17, 2007

    What's the problem here? It was only a loan (wink wink).

  • giffman Jul 17, 2007

    Sad thing is this guy got out of jail and ran for office again, he would probably win.

  • GWALLY Jul 17, 2007

    ....will the Democrats that voted for this man please step forward ????? Bet you can't find any !!!!

  • NCTravellinman Jul 17, 2007

    Jim Black has made a mockery of the legislative process.
    He is now making a mockery of the judicial process.
    Guess once he gets out, he'll run for governor, and make it a trifecta - make a mockery of the executive process.

  • shep8851 Jul 17, 2007

    Please pass the word---I'm a school teacher in N.C. If whoever gave that money to Jim Black has anymore, I'd be more than happy to accept it. In the bathroom, lunchroom, locker room, where ever is convenient for him/her.

  • RAINDOG Jul 17, 2007

    HOW COME I'M NEVER AROUND WHEN THESE PEOPLE ARE HANDING OUT THAT KIND OF MONEY......MAKES ME WANT TO RUN FOR SOME OFFICE.

  • RAINDOG Jul 17, 2007

    I WONDER IF THIS $500,000.00 PAYMENT WAS MADE TO JIM BLACK IN A BATHROOM. YOU KNOW....THERE ARE SOME PRETTY BUSY TOILETS IN STATE GOVERNMENT.

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