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House Speaker Takes the Hot Seat in Hog Trial

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RALEIGH — One of the most powerful people in the North Carolina legislature was in a fight for his political life Friday.

Speaker of the House Harold Brubaker took the stand at a Board of Elections hearing into allegations of Republican influence peddling. During two hours on the stand, Brubaker repeatedly denied he agreed to block a hog farm moratorium in exchange for $200,000 in campaign contributions from the hog industry. "Have you ever agreed to bargain your legislative influence for campaign contributions, payments, or anything of value in any area? Absolutely not, never."

The hearing is expected to end Saturday. The Board of Elections will decide if there has been any criminal wrongdoing. The board will then decide whether to pass the case on to the Attorney General's Office.


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