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Don Carrington


Vice president at the Locke Foundation and Associate Publisher of Carolina Journal, the monthly newspaper of the John Locke Foundation. He joined the Foundation in late 1994, having previously written articles for Carolina Journal and participated in Locke activities. His duties at the Foundation include investigative reporting, research, and public speaking. He writes articles and newspaper columns for the Foundation and in 1995 co-authored Changing Course, Locke's first proposal for rightsizing state government and cutting taxes. Carrington's previous work experience in North Carolina includes economic and employment research in state government, private-sector marketing, economic development, and political consulting. He received his degree in business administration from East Carolina University and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

Articles by Don Carrington

(7.31.14) Elections Board Looking At Wray Spending
RALEIGH — Responding to a State Board of Elections investigation looking into the possible use of campaign funds for personal benefit, state Rep. Michael Wray, D-Northampton, has submitted a document to the board that is at odds with public statements he has made about his campaign fund spending. Wray paid for these expenses from his campaign account.

(6.24.14) Senior House Democrat Has Six-Figure Tax Debt
RALEIGH — State Rep. Michael Wray, a Democrat from Gaston who serves as deputy minority leader in the state House of Representatives, owes more than $100,000 in past-due federal, state, and local taxes, according to public records on file in Northampton and Halifax Counties. In February, the IRS filed two liens on Wray’s property, seeking to collect $83,979 in unpaid federal taxes.

(6.05.14) Another Parton-Connected Project In Trouble
RALEIGH — The saga of Pine Mountain — featuring hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes, delinquent homeowners assessments, and overdue loans — has attracted little public attention and no news stories to date. And developer Ray Hollowell, along with homeowners in the development and officials in Burke County, hope that Pine Mountain doesn’t suffer a fate similar to that of the Randy Parton Theatre.

(6.05.14) Hollowell’s Plan Included Parton Reality Show, Museum, Winery
RALEIGH — Dare County developer Ray Hollowell told Carolina Journal that he and developer Rick Watson signed a promotion agreement in March 2008 with Dolly Parton’s sister, Cassie Parton King, and Cassie’s husband, Scott King, to push development at South Mountain in Burke County. The marketing plan was developed in 2009 not long after Gov. Bev Perdue took office.

(4.03.14) Illegal Immigrants Sentenced In IRS Fraud Scheme
RALEIGH — Two Honduran men living illegally in eastern North Carolina each will spend more than four years in federal prison for their roles in a scheme to collect millions of dollars in federal income tax refunds filed under fictitious identities, one of which was used to register to vote in Wake County. One of their aliases, “Eli Valle,” is listed as a registered unaffiliated voter in Wake County.

(3.31.14) Impact of Film Industry On N.C. Jobs Unclear
RALEIGH — The 25-percent refundable state tax credit offered to film production companies may be in trouble. New legislation may be drafted to preserve incentives for filmmakers, but it’s not clear how many jobs the industry provides in North Carolina, and whether offering tax credits is a net economic benefit to the state or simply a drain on the treasury.

(3.06.14) Tax Fraud Season Has Arrived
RALEIGH — As income-tax filing season for the 2013 tax year reaches its peak, billions of dollars in fraudulent refunds continue to flow to scam artists using stolen or fabricated identities and fake dependents to take advantage of a major loophole in the way the federal government issues refunds to individuals.

(3.06.14) Tax Preparer Says Mexicans Recruited in Fraud Scheme
RALEIGH — In February, a North Carolina tax preparer of Hispanic descent told Carolina Journal that several tax preparers in her community help their clients commit federal income tax fraud by claiming tax credits for children who either do not exist or do not live in the United States. Each phony child “qualifies” for a refund of up to $1,000 per year.

(1.06.14) National Average Goal Unique To Education Pay
RALEIGH — Education leaders and some politicians for years have urged that pay for educators in North Carolina be at “the national average,” a goal used for no other employment sector in the state as a metric to gauge the appropriateness of pay.

(12.16.13) Another Fake Tax Refund Scheme Emerges in N.C.
RALEIGH — In late November, Phillip Brooks from the Union County community of Marshville notified Carolina Journal that his address probably was being used as part of a scheme to collect a fraudulent federal tax refund check. Marshville is the third North Carolina locality at which CJ has found one or more tax refund checks sent to individuals who not only did not live at the recipient’s address but also, most likely, did not exist.

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