In what can only be deemed a bad news story for some North Carolina politicians it has come out that some political donations during the 2012 elections were paid from accounts involved in a criminal enterprise and illegal sweepstakes scheme.
The donations were tracked back to Chase E. Burns of Anadarko, Oklahoma. Court filings reviewed by The Associated Press show $1 million of that forfeited money came from a checking account in the name of the Chase Burns Trust — the same account used to send political donations to the campaigns of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, state House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger, among others.
McCrory, who has denied any knowledge of the checks sent from the lobbying firm where he worked, directed his campaign to give to charity $18,000 tied to Burns and other sweepstakes donors indicted in Florida or Ohio. The campaigns of Berger and Tillis also gave money received from Burns to charity.
Apparently in North Carolina if criminal money is donated to a political campaign by an individual and not a corporation, it is legal to do.
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