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Indicted Perdue aide resigns from state board

Posted November 29, 2011

— A former top aide to Gov. Beverly Perdue indicted on a felony obstruction of justice charge has resigned from the North Carolina Economic Development Board.

Peter Anthony Reichard of Greensboro was appointed by Perdue to serve on the board, which oversees economic development planning and makes policy recommendations to the governor, her commerce secretary and legislators.

Reichard submitted his resignation Monday as he and two others tied to Perdue's 2008 gubernatorial campaign were indicted.

Reichard, Trawick Hamilton "Buzzy" Stubbs and Julia Leigh Sitton are charged with obstruction of justice. Stubbs and Sitton are also charged with certifying false campaign finance reports.

Prosecutors have said more charges could be filed in the investigation but that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Perdue.

Reichard surrendered at the Wake County jail on Tuesday and was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond. Neither Stubbs nor Sitton have surrendered yet.

"Peter's anxious to move past this and get on with the rest of his life. So, we're looking forward to meeting with the (district attorney)," defense attorney Hart Miles said.

Reichard is accused of funneling $32,000 in under-the-table payments from a wealthy Perdue donor through Tryon Capital Ventures LLC, a Chapel Hill merchant bank where he is managing director. The money was used to augment the salary of Sitton, who was a full-time campaign fundraiser during the 2008 gubernatorial campaign.

Reichard declined to comment as he left the Wake County Courthouse.

"I don't think it's appropriate for me to comment on what he did or didn't do wrong, but as I've said before, he's going to accept responsibility for his actions and be accountable for the things he did do," Miles said. "We hope to compromise in a way that is respectful both to the state of North Carolina and to Peter Reichard."

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Gary Bartlett, executive director of the State Board of Elections, called transparency of campaign donations "the cornerstone of all our campaign finance laws."

"The public has a right to know who gives the money and how it is spent. It really tells a lot about that candidate and how (he or she does) business," Bartlett said.

Stubbs, a New Bern lawyer and close friend of Perdue, is accused of providing $28,000 in flights aboard his private plane for Perdue during the 2008 campaign and reporting them as donations to the North Carolina Democratic Party instead of to her campaign.

The State Board of Elections fined Perdue's campaign $30,000 last year for not reporting dozens of campaign flights aboard donors' planes during the 2004 and 2008 elections until late 2009.

Bartlett said it's not unusual that an investigation into campaign flights led to other charges of campaign finance violations.

"When one door closes, it opens to another, and it's continuous," he said.


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  • babedan Nov 30, 2011

    What is really sad is the individual had to resign, Bev isn't even smart enough to fire the individual to make it at least look like she was some kind of innocent. Trying to protect this bum to the end. Bet he gets a pardon, if convicted before she leaves office.

  • HeadPro Nov 30, 2011

    Well Bev, is that the other shoe dropping that I hear??? Now what the hell is wrong with that statement moderator?!?!?!?

  • Remy Nov 30, 2011

    "@SanS..what do you think is good for Carolina? your free benefites and welfare? huummm.."

    Don't know what "your free benefites and welfare?" is supposed to mean. I have not doubt that my household pays our fair share of taxes. What I think is that is it unpatriotic to hope and wish bad things for our government. Especially when it is right in our state. I hope and pray that they do not find Perdue had any knowledge of this stuff. Not because I particularly care for Perdue, but because I care about NC.

  • cwood3 Nov 30, 2011

    this kind of stuff has gone on for years in NC. When one party owns a state, they get lazy, complacent, and corrupt-because all is not enough-so they want more and more for their friends!!
    Who knows, maybe these plane operators actually got paid double for weekends!!

    Jim Hunt was smart enough to keep this stuff away forom himself. It surely went on-he just was not aware.

    Bev knew-I'l bet a bunch!!

  • dollibug Nov 30, 2011

    Well, well, well....I guess this is quite a surprise to some people....normally, these people have ways of doing the corruption and then covering it up....I guess this man must have been GUILTY as CHARGED....since he we need to follow this case and actually see where it is about time that they caught some of the ones who are "GUILTY"
    I am sure this is only the "tip of the ICEBERG"....or the ones who happen to get caught....

  • ifcdirector Nov 30, 2011

    "I think you are likely wrong about that. Its merely that which was understood as "business as usual" is no longer acceptable in the modern world." Liberals have to make such inane statements as this one in a vain attempt to separate their political point of view from the obvious end results of the votes they cast and to assuage some twinkling of a conscience that must dwell somewhere in many of them.

  • barbstillkickin Nov 30, 2011

    Love the way Purdue lets everyone else take the blame. They would never be allowed to do anything without her involved trust me. She is a control person.

  • wildcat Nov 30, 2011

    Well should Gov. Purdue be questioned in all of this? Maybe she is not so innocent in all of this.

  • dwr1964 Nov 30, 2011

    Prosecutors have said more charges could be filed in the investigation but that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Perdue.

    Good for you Bev, for being smart enough to have others do your dirty work. Just because there is no hard evidence, does not, in any way, mean you didn't have everything to do with this. It only means that it cannot be prooven, at this time. Like 99.9% of all politicians, you are dirty. The occupy protest does not go far enough in exposing the corruption in this country, and worldwide.

  • zile1porkey Nov 30, 2011

    They will wait until her term is up like they did Easly then slap her on the wrist I hope she goes to jail.