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Perdue cancels fundraiser hosted by DOT board member

Posted September 23, 2008

— Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue on Tuesday canceled a scheduled fundraiser hosted by a state Board of Transportation member under scrutiny for steering public money to projects near family properties.

Louis Sewell and his wife were supposed to hold a campaign event Thursday for the Democratic candidate for governor.

The event was scheduled after a newspaper report this weekend questioned Sewell's efforts to get $375,000 in transportation projects going near properties he or his son co-owned.

Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett has referred the situation to the State Ethics Commission. Perdue told The Charlotte Observer on Tuesday she supports the ethics investigation.

Republican candidate Pat McCrory has said Perdue should return more than $30,000 in contributions from Sewell and family members.

Meanwhile, Perdue called on McCrory to return almost $20,000 he has received from strip club owners. McCrory's campaign
said he has received only $250 from one club owner.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 24, 2008

    Purdue's advice that McCrory should return strip joint donations is an appeal to the self-proclaimed majority of "moral" people who support McCrory. Of course, these are often the same people who SAY they want less gubmint, but try to close down said strip joints. It's a smart move on Purdue's part.

  • tgw Sep 24, 2008

    Hay Little John-I guess you don't object to corrupt state government. Well guess what, it bothers me-alot-that peole can by roads and when roads are built to suit their personal wealth needs. Man-this stinks to high heaven!!!!!

    Beverly got caught-again probably- in the middle of a corrupt practice. WE'VE GOT TO CLEAN THIS STUFF UP!!!

  • G-man Sep 24, 2008

    I guess not much has changed. I remember when you use to have to pretty much pay your dues/democratic party donation if you worked in that agency.

  • Little John Sep 24, 2008

    Bev Perdue is the "ONLY" candidate for governor, PERIOD !!!

  • alx Sep 24, 2008

    sorry to say it, but it looks like she has a couple crooked friends!

  • x138GMOU Sep 24, 2008

    Sorry Bev, but he has my vote! You just can't assure me of any change in the future. Time to shake things up a bit, a republican every now and then is good for the state. Tired of Rand and Basnight running everything (and being son smug about it).

  • canes017 Sep 24, 2008

    She has one heck of a road ahead of her trying to convince us that she isn't Jim Hunt 3. Vote for perdue if you want more corruption, temporary taxes turned permanent, and failing school systems!

  • gotsomesense Sep 23, 2008

    Aren't strip clubs legitimate businesses? Is Perdue questioning that McCrory has done some kind of favors for strip clubs, or is she just attacking a legitimate businesses because they are usually seen unfavorably? (And yes, I am a woman, but I try to look at things objectively and not let anyone force me to make a decision on something based on emotions or my own morality.)

  • New York Yankee Sep 23, 2008

    McCrory has my vote.

  • ridgerunner Sep 23, 2008

    Do not forget the nice bridge the DOT built for Bev near some property she owned at New Bern.