DAG McCrory's gambling problem not going away

At least one of the L's in Moore & Van Allen LLP stands for "Laundry":

Many of the sweepstakes checks were mailed to state lawmakers shortly before the November election, in envelopes printed with Moore & Van Allen's letterhead, postmarked from the firm's Charlotte ZIP code and containing the business card of firm lobbyist Tommy Sevier, according to documents obtained by the AP through a public records request. Sevier previously worked as a deputy chief of staff for Senate leader Berger and deputy chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes, current chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.

Before you run off to the shower to wash the slime off, see where that money originated from:

The company's owners, Chase and Kristin Burns of Anadarko, Okla., were among 57 people arrested by Florida authorities last month on felony charges related to a charity that purported to help homeless veterans but that prosecutors say was a front for collecting nearly $300 million in untaxed profits from sweepstakes cafes.

Bank records subpoenaed as part of the Florida investigation show that the Burns' company also received more than $98 million in about four years from North Carolina sweepstakes cafes using the company's software. The records show large cash transfers then were made from the company's account to a checking account labeled Chase Burns Trust, the source of the North Carolina political donations.

That's right. A lot of that money that ended up in the campaign coffers of Republicans here in North Carolina was originally in the pockets of poor, desperate North Carolinians, who have fallen into the psychological trap of gambling.

Now you can go take that shower.

Comments

Worth noting in the sweepstakes scandal piece

Interesting. NC politicians apparently hit the jackpot.

Bank records subpoenaed as part of the Florida investigation show that the Burns' company also received more than $98 million in about four years from North Carolina sweepstakes cafes using the company's software. The records show large cash transfers then were made from the company's account to a checking account labeled Chase Burns Trust, the source of the North Carolina political donations.

State law prohibits corporate money from being used to "directly or indirectly" fund political campaigns.

Checks tied to Chase Burns accounted for nearly half of the total $520,000 in political donations from sweepstakes operators that flowed into the campaign accounts of more than 60 elected officials from both parties since 2010. Burns was the largest individual donor to North Carolina candidates in the 2012 election cycle.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/23/3999392/sweepstakes-donors-c...

I guess we'll see ....

...a movement to change the laws?