© 2020 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Local News

Liberal Advocacy Group Files Ethics Complaint Against McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory

A liberal advocacy group in North Carolina has filed a formal ethics complaint against Governor Pat McCrory. Progress NC is accusing the governor of failing to disclose financial ties to corporations. It’s the latest, and most formal, in a series of accusations from the group.

Credit Progress NC

As its name suggests Progress NC, and it’s campaign arm Progress NC Action, pushes Democratic candidates and causes.  The group has hounded the governor for conflicts of interest since before he took office. It started a website calling him “Pay To Play Pat” and it’s accused the governor of being a “puppet” of his former budget director, major Republican donor Art Pope.

The latest is this week’s ethics complaint, centered on an Associated Press story published in December.

It alleges that the governor failed to report he was a director of mortgage company Tree.com, as detailed in the AP story, as well as that he held stock in his former employer, Duke Energy.

But, the governor states his affiliation to Tree.com in another part of the form—a form the ethics board later changed, calling it confusing.

McCrory also had announced publicly that he held Duke stock, and sold it before he filled out the form.

The governor has denied any wrongdoing, and called the AP story “malicious.”

We Need Your Help Now More Than Ever

WFAE mask

Our newsroom is hard at work covering everything from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to the aftermath of the election, the race for a vaccine and our communities' fight to rebuild. But we can't do it without you. Support our local journalism with a donation of ANY amount, and we’ll send you a free WFAE member mask courtesy of AllDayMask.com of Monroe.