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Perdue donor indicted on obstruction charge

Posted April 23, 2013

Gov. Beverly Perdue

— A Wake County grand jury has charged a supporter of former Gov. Beverly Perdue in a scheme to pay a campaign staffer during her 2008 gubernatorial run.

The grand jury recently asked District Attorney Colon Willoughby to investigate whether Charles Michael Fulenwider violated state campaign finance laws. Meeting again Monday, they determined there was enough evidence to issue an indictment.

Fulenwider, a wealthy Perdue donor from Morganton, was charged with obstruction of justice. Authorities say he funneled $32,000 in 2007 and 2008 through Chapel Hill-based Tryon Capital Ventures LLC to pay for Julia Leigh Sitton to work as a fundraiser for Perdue's campaign.

Sitton and Peter Reichard, Perdue's former campaign finance chief and an executive with Tryon Capital Ventures, have already pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the case.

Perdue family friend Trawick Hamilton "Buzzy" Stubbs Jr. of New Bern also faces felony charges of obstruction of justice and certifying a false campaign finance report. The charges stem from more than $28,000 in undisclosed flights he allegedly provided during the 2008 campaign on his private planes.

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  • ripetomatoes Apr 24, 12:58 p.m.

    You can believe us when we say we're not surprised.

  • Tax Man Apr 23, 8:47 p.m.

    Why don't we just take the money out of politics and make it 100% volunteers and no donations allowed from anyone? With the Internet no one needs to fly here and there and wine and dine folks. Just let everyone be on an even playing field and not have any money in a campaign. It is crazy to spend millions on a job that pays only a few thousand dollars a year.

  • stymieindurham Apr 23, 7:41 p.m.

    Don't worry. WRAL is keeping an eye on Gov. Pat with their "Fact Checker".

  • Ex-Republican Apr 23, 7:04 p.m.

    "Sounds like the Dix park deal was meant to pay back favors before she left office." TVs_Deciet

    Good point. Time to look into that as well.

  • Ex-Republican Apr 23, 7:03 p.m.

    "and in a related story.. Gov. Pat McCrory, state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger are among those who received the checks, many of them mailed from a Charlotte lobbying firm where McCrory worked until just before he took office."

    soyousay, It's not related at all. McCrory didn't break any laws!

    He's our governor now. Just accept it.

  • TVs_Deceit Apr 23, 6:19 p.m.

    Now let's find out which of Purdue's political donors are involved in the prearranged deals for developing around the Dix property.

    Remember, Roy Cooper mentioned deals were already in place, and Purdue was determined to sign the park lease while she still could.

    Sounds like the Dix park deal was meant to pay back favors before she left office.

  • ConservativeVoter Apr 23, 5:59 p.m.

    Bev pushes another campaign donor under the bus.

    It's amazing that these people are willing to take the fall for Bev.

    Wonder what they are getting in return for willingly being pushed under the bus.

  • soyousay Apr 23, 5:54 p.m.

    and in a related story..
    Gov. Pat McCrory, state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger are among those who received the checks, many of them mailed from a Charlotte lobbying firm where McCrory worked until just before he took office.

  • williammjohnston Apr 23, 5:30 p.m.

    Why does it always have to be after a Democrat administration that these things are quietly discovered, quietly investigated after five or more years of coverup? Easleys (both) barely in Perdue administration
    and "deer in her eyes" after all of her underhanded deals, her cronies were rewarded just barely coming up now. Her son and her appointments were never scrutinized! The foxes checking on each other, over and over again!

  • UNCfuturealumi Apr 23, 5:19 p.m.

    When is she going to have her day? I guess she stands back and grins at the people she has let down. The residents of NC.

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