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North Carolina: House speaker makes grants to non-profits and gets contributions back

The Charlotte Observer reports: Three nonprofit programs in Charlotte have something in common with House Speaker Jim Black: money. Some of the programs' leaders contributed to Black's campaign, and Black secured state funding for those organizations.

• The Duke Mansion and Lee Institute received $200,000 from a discretionary fund Black controlled during the last fiscal year. Seven of the mansion's board members or their spouses gave Black $39,000 over the past three years.

• Florence Crittenton Services received $50,000 from Black's fund. Its chief volunteer fundraiser is also on the Duke Mansion board and is a fundraiser for Black.

• The Greater Enrichment Program got $150,000. Its founder and board vice chairman, AME Zion Church Bishop George Battle, gave Black $7,500 over the past five years.

Black said Thursday that he has never been influenced by campaign contributions. ...

Black's grants were not illegal, and the Republican co-speaker, Richard Morgan, controlled a similar fund. Leaders of both parties have funded special projects when they controlled the House. -- Money links Black, Charlotte nonprofit groups

Thanks to NC Rumors for the link.

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