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Five McCrory donors referred to Mecklenburg District Attorney

Posted April 27, 2012
Updated April 29, 2012

— The State Board of Elections on Friday asked the Mecklenburg County district attorney to consider prosecuting five donors who gave money to Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory's campaign.

Kenneth Gill, president of CPI Security, may have reimbursed three family members and one employee for contributions to the McCrory campaign, according to a briefing elections investigator Kim Strach gave to board members Friday morning. Such action is described as giving in the name of another and is illegal under North Carolina law.

"One of the employees of CPI said that he was reimbursed for a contribution that he made to the McCrory campaign," Strach told the board. The employee in question was identified as Barry Rossen.

In addition to Gill, his wife, Malinda, and two grown daughters, Kristen and Ashley, were also referred for prosecution. 

It will be up to Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray whether charges will be brought. 

Murray was not immediately available for comment.

“After years of review of a partisan complaint from the 2008 election cycle, the Elections Board has advised the McCrory campaign that it has been cleared of any wrongdoing whatsoever," McCrory spokesman Brian Nick. 

Elections board Chairman Larry Leak refused to make copies of the board's finding public, citing the fact that there is an ongoing investigation. 

Hart Miles, a lawyer for Kenneth Gill, would not comment on whether the specific allegations were accurate. 

"We've already reached out to Andrew Murray's office and provided them with documentation so they can do a thorough evaluation of the situation," Miles said. 

The state's investigation was sparked by a 2010 complaint filed by Andrew Whalen, who was then executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

That complaint identified seven groups of contributors that Whalen alleged may have improperly bundled contributions to McCrory. 

In December 2011, Elections Director Gary Bartlett described that investigation as  "95 percent complete" and said at the time it had turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.

Whalen said Friday that he wasn't surprised that the board eventually found what might be wrongdoing.

"I'm curious as to what other illegalities there are in McCrory's fundraising," Whalen said. "It begs for a more in depth look into who is giving to him." 

Campaign finance data from the State Board of Elections shows Rossen made at least two $2,000 contributions to McCrory in 2008. Campaign records also show all four Gills making donations to McCrory's campaign in 2008 or 2011.

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  • Rebelyell55 Apr 27, 7:02 p.m.

    Just more evidences that both parties are bought and paid for by those they service, not the average citizen of NC. Unless your rich, or a very good organizer to bring them votes, they don't have your best interest at heart. Register and vote as an independent and make a choice and help take back our goverments from these corrupt, greedy puppets of Corp. America, foreign influences and speical interest groups, which do not represent the average citizens of NC.

  • North Carolina Home Apr 27, 5:50 p.m.

    "Elections board Chairman Larry Leak refused to make copies of the board's finding public"

    Sure he did...say goodby, Larry. Your days are numbered.

  • Plenty Coups Apr 27, 3:45 p.m.

    Kind of ends the silly allegation by some that "only democrats are corrupt". Corruption isn't party exclusive.

  • westernwake1 Apr 27, 3:25 p.m.

    The politcs & money circus continues...

  • wral mods blow close my account Apr 27, 3:21 p.m.

    "This is a political smear by Democrats."

    If it's going to the DA it is hardly just a smear. But nice try.

  • jdupree Apr 27, 3:07 p.m.

    This is a political smear by Democrats. They have done this before and nothing came of it. The only convicted and paid fines are for Easley, Perdue, Black, Phipps, etc., all Democrats!

  • The Yoda Apr 27, 2:37 p.m.

    I wonder what he expected in return..... says Tcheuchter

    Probably some "green" energy money??

  • ssvoiceofsanity Apr 27, 2:37 p.m.

    Republicans doing what they do best.

  • NoRespect Apr 27, 2:37 p.m.

    Let me introduce the next North Carolina Commissioner of Homeland Security...

  • Tcheuchter Apr 27, 2:23 p.m.

    "Kenneth Gill, president of CPI Security"

    I wonder what he expected in return.....