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Judge tosses state fine against ex-lobbyist

Posted January 17, 2012

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— A judge has set aside a fine that the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office levied in 2010 against former high-profile lobbyist Don Beason.

The Secretary of State's Office alleged that Beason and his son, Mark Beason, lobbied state lawmakers on behalf of unregistered companies. An administrative law judge later slashed the $111,000 fine the state imposed to $6,000.

State officials alleged that a New Jersey-based iron and steel importer, Sigma Corp., served as a front for an India-based group Beason and his son represented in trying to amend a state law that prohibited imported iron and steel to be used on state highway projects.

A Superior Court judge recently upheld Beason's appeal of the fine, ruling that state investigators hadn't presented enough evidence to support their claims and that the Secretary of State's Office exceeded its authority.

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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  • coolwill43 Jan 18, 2012

    An administrative law judge later slashed the $111,000 fine the state imposed to $6,00.
    WHAT?
    Money, will get you just what you are looking for, a judge.

  • hpr641 Jan 18, 2012

    WooHoo, what does Newt have to do with THIS case? Simply trying to get in a dig at a potential Rep. Presidential nominee?

    That said, would you care to justify the actions of (including but NOT limited to) Jim Black, Ken Decker, Kevin Geddings, Meg Phipps, Frank Ballance, Garey Ballance, Boyce Hudson, Thomas Wright, Ruffin Poole, Juleigh Sitton, Buzzy Stubbs, and, of course, former Governor, Mike Easley (convicted of ONLY 1 felony count because he claimed both incompetance and ignorance ... and prosecutors concluded that they wouldn't be able disprove his claims).

  • WooHoo2You Jan 17, 2012

    More cronyism and corruption in the NC Democratic Party? NO WAY!!-citizensoldier16

    Yep, and Newt has not made millions by "working Washington" (Newt's words not mine) with his 'non-profit' lobbying organization!

  • citizensoldier16 Jan 17, 2012

    More cronyism and corruption in the NC Democratic Party? NO WAY!!