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Judge slashes state fine against former lobbyist

Posted November 22, 2010

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— A judge ordered Monday that a $111,000 fine that the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office levied last year against Don Beason, once a high-profile lobbyist, be reduced to $6,000.

The Secretary of State's Office alleged that Beason and his son, Mark Beason, lobbied state lawmakers on behalf of unregistered companies.

Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison Jr. determined that the Beasons worked on behalf of the Engineering Export Promotion Council, an Indian-based organization, to amend a state law that prohibited imported iron and steel to be used on state highway projects.

According to Morrison's ruling, a New Jersey-based iron and steel importer, Sigma Corp., served as a front for the Indian organization, and several other manufacturers helped pay for the Beasons' lobbying expenses.

Don Beason also told Sigma to backdate its authorization for his firm to lobby for them to Feb. 1, 2007, even though it wasn't filed with the state until May 14, 2007, according to Morrison's ruling.

Morrison upheld the $6,000 fine against Mark Beason in the case.

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.

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  • Praisegod Nov 23, 2010

    Here we go again...lets waste tax payers money and have a trial and when a decision is made, lets waste more money and lower his fine...Where is the justice? I will tell you...there is NO JUSTICE in NC anymore. People watch yourselves, taxes will be raised, jobs will go away, but the government will be just fine, because we can't say a word, we can but it doesn't do a thing....what is happening to Truth, Justice and the American Way? I pray for our Nation and especially for North Carolina...

  • davidbh61255 Nov 23, 2010

    I take it the judge in question must condone this behavior!!

  • Tax Man Nov 23, 2010

    Beason lobbied (bribed) the judge!

  • Eduardo1 Nov 23, 2010

    More and more we see the abuse by a Judge. NC keeps excelling at the filthy politics. This is back-to-back with another good old boy on the Easley decision

    It appears that only, we the people who have no political clout, get the full measure of the law

  • speakup4all Nov 23, 2010

    I don't understand. Where is the explanation as to why the fine was cut? There was no reason given - just a "judgement call". Tell me, how many other fines get cut - for non-politicians?

  • dang_skippy Nov 23, 2010

    And WHY did the judge reduce the fine so much? Why was it reduced at all?

  • jeffingarner Nov 22, 2010

    Wonder who this Judge Morrison is? Could he be the husband Dr. Carolyn Morrison of the Wake County School Board?? I think so! No surprise here - birds of a feather. . . . .

  • Friendly Persuasion Nov 22, 2010

    I beleive this is what you can expect when you put money before intigrity. This not new to politics its just a game. Catch me if you can. The risk justifies the end. Fines are just part of the overhead to run the business. No one is excited over this set back, just another business day.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Nov 22, 2010

    Another lib getting off with just a slap on the wrist.

  • censorbait Nov 22, 2010

    Morrison was a Jim Hunt underling who was an active democrat.

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