Sweepstakes probe awaits new NC elections board

  • Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:56 p.m.

RALEIGH (AP) — Decisions about pursuing evidence of possible campaign finance violations involving sweepstakes games operators will be left up to a new North Carolina Board of Elections.

Five new board members appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory are scheduled to take office Wednesday.

A bipartisan majority on the outgoing board told the Associated Press earlier this month that questions about $235,000 in checks to McCrory and others from an Oklahoma sweepstakes operator warrant a full investigation. The outgoing board did not take up the issue at its last meeting on Tuesday, leaving the issue to the new appointees.

The agency’s staff is already investigating the donations following a complaint filed by the group Democracy North Carolina, but it takes the board chairman or any two board members to call witnesses or subpoena records.

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