Archive: Legislative Slush Funds

  • CJ Flashback: Rural Center Under Fire

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center faces the most uncertainty since its creation in 1987. But this scrutiny is nothing new: Carolina Journal questioned the value of the giant grantmaking agency to North Carolina taxpayers and businesses 15 years ago — along with its cozy relationship to the…

  • Slush Funds Survive Party Change

    RALEIGH — The practice has been characterized by various state officials as problematic, shrouded in secrecy, lacking accountability, and being an end run around the legislature. DOT records show former Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight, D-Dare, personally authorized at least $50 million for nearly 800 projects over his 18-year…

  • AG Announces Corruption Fight

    RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper on Thursday appealed to state legislators to provide more tools for state investigators and prosecutors to ferret out public corruption. Board of Elections to Investigate BlackBy Mitch KokaiRALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Elections decided Thursday that it will conduct a three-day hearing…

  • Faison: Black’s Incidental Defender

    RALEIGH — Democrat Bill Faison, the only state representative from Orange County who's not from Chapel Hill, says he does not consider himself an intentional defender of House Speaker Jim Black, who is the subject of a federal investigation into his relationship with former political and legislative aide, and lobbyist,…

  • Black Foe Explains Web Site

    RALEIGH — Joe Sinsheimer, a former Democratic political consultant who a few weeks ago started a website calling for the resignation of N.C. House Speaker Jim Black, says he did so because his disgust with continuous revelations of unethical conduct reached a boiling point.

  • Black Should Buy, Sell Building

    In their recommendation that the state sell a building to Johnson & Wales University for a dollar, the editorial board of The Charlotte Observer demonstrates that they have no idea who in government is authorized to make promises on behalf of the state.

  • Basnight Said Slush Funds Wrong

    RALEIGH — State Senate leader Marc Basnight last week characterized his personal spending of taxpayer dollars on pet projects as an "error," but when similar activity was revealed in 1997, he acknowledged that the practice was wrong. Basnight was then part of a similar agreement with former Speaker Harold Brubaker…