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State fines former lobbyist, son

Posted April 26, 2010

— The North Carolina Secretary of State's Office has levied a $111,000 fine against Don Beason, once a high-profile lobbyist, over allegedly illegal lobbying activities three years ago.

The state also fined Beason's son, Mark, $6,000 in the case. The Beasons have filed an appeal of the fines, which were handed down last month, in the Office of Administrative Hearings, and the case is scheduled to be heard on Aug. 30.

The Secretary of State's Office alleged that the Beasons lobbied state lawmakers on behalf of unregistered companies.

Don Beason gave up his lobbying practice in August 2007 after investigators linked him to a $500,000 loan to former House Speaker Jim Black. The loan, which was routed through Black's campaign account, came to light as Black was sentenced on state corruption charges stemming from illegal cash payments he received from chiropractors.

Beason also was convicted in October 2007 of simple assault stemming from a traffic confrontation in which he brandished a gun.


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  • Ladybug Apr 26, 2010

    Gork - I think you responded to the wrong story! This has nothing to do with the 4 NC State football players smoking POT!

  • Gork Apr 26, 2010

    Nah - homeland security resources are too busy calling in the calvary because 4 adults are smoking weed in an apartment complex where a FIRST RESPONDER works. But hey, it was an opportunity to really screw up 4 peoples' lives! Who could resist?!

  • bluegrass Apr 26, 2010

    A little jail time for these crooks would be nice.

  • NotFromHere Apr 26, 2010

    What a classy guy. Illegal loans, simple assault, illegal political lobbying. Sounds like a repeat felon. Maybe he should get a nice long prison term.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Apr 26, 2010

    They are challenging the fines as part of normal protocol. Definitely not because they can't pay it.