• Second ethics complaint filed against NC Gov. McCrory

    By: Jim Bradley


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The liberal group Progress N.C. Action filed another ethics complaint Monday against North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The group is calling for a public investigation into gifts that McCrory has received in office.

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    The latest ethics complaint was filed Monday morning in Raleigh. Progress N.C. Action is planning to deliver 11,000 signatures to the governor's Charlotte office in the Government Center, asking that the investigation into ethics allegations be opened to the public.

    Channel 9 broke the story last week of new allegations that McCrory failed to properly fill out his statement of economic interest with the state ethics commission. Eyewitness News found at least three trips McCrory made in 2013 -- to New Orleans; Charleston, South Carolina; and Scottsdale, Arizona -- where the Republican Governors Association picked up the tab for hotels and meals.

    None of those expenses were disclosed, as required, on McCrory's 2014 Statement of Economic Interest.
    After a Channel 9 report, the governor's office admitted that expenses from trips should have been reported on ethics forms. 

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    McCrory's ethics forms were amended Monday to include expenses from a total of seven trips that cost more than $13,000.
    "After a pattern of omissions and mistakes the question is, ‘What else is he hiding?’" said Gerrick Brenner, of Progress N.C. Action. “Are those omissions intentional?”
    Progress N.C. Action is asking for a new investigation.

    The state ethics commission is already investigating a complaint alleging the governor failed to properly report stock he owned in Duke Energy and income from his seat on the board of Tree.com.

    By law that investigation is confidential unless the governor asks for it to be open.

    McCrory's ethics disclosures have drawn repeated attention. Earlier he amended the same form twice to clarify when he sold Duke Energy stock and also when he accepted compensation from Tree.com.
    "He wants to be transparent. He wants to be above board. Well, what better way to do that than to open up this inquiry to the public," Brenner said.

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