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BB&T Drops Lobbyist Named in Black Testimony

Posted August 10, 2007

— BB&T Corp. has dropped the lobbyist who loaned $500,000 to then-House Speaker Jim Black in 2000.

"It was the right thing to do," said Bob Denham, spokesman for the Winston-Salem-based bank. "That's all I'm going to say."

The bank terminated its lobbying contracts Thursday with Don Beason and his son, Mark, according to officials with the Secretary of State's office.

Black testified July 31 at his state sentencing hearing on corruption charges that Beason loaned him the money in June 2000 to upgrade a building Black owned. Black wanted to lease tthe building o a nonprofit booster group for downtown Charlotte.

The money briefly showed up in Black's campaign account, but eventually was returned to Beason. Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby argued Black knew it was an unethical loan designed to help boost his campaign coffers during an election year.

Beason called the transaction "a serious error in judgment" and apologized. Last week, he resigned from the North Carolina Professional Lobbyist Association.

Beason was named the No. 1 lobbyist at the General Assembly during the 2005-06 session in a survey of legislators, lobbyists and reporters by the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research. His clients include IBM and formerly, Progress Energy, according to state filings and a Progress Energy representative.


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  • Joy4u2 Aug 12, 2007

    your sin's will find you out

  • HangOn Aug 11, 2007

    heck they all are doing the same thing. .. he's just getting dropped cause he got caught. You can still buy law any day.

  • Brogden Aug 10, 2007

    If you read the story again, benno, you will note it says "formerly" represented Progress. They dropped him last week.

    Now - IBM, what are you waiting on?

  • Navy Vet Aug 10, 2007

    Things that make you go HUH?

  • benno Aug 10, 2007

    What about you IBM and Progress Energy?

  • outyourleague Aug 10, 2007

    Thank God this thug has been dropped

  • Myword Aug 10, 2007

    Good news!