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N&O Reporter Discusses McCrory's Role In Supporter's Prison Contract Extension

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The granting of political favors is nothing new in government, but it can take a lot of work to connect the dots in uncovering it. An investigation by the News and Observer of Raleigh and the Charlotte Observer found that a Charlotte businessman got a contract extended to continue private maintenance services for some state prisons over the objections of the head of the department that oversees prisons. In a meeting in Charlotte the included Governor McCrory and the head of the Department of Public Safety, businessman Graeme Keith was documented as saying it was time for him to get something in return for his contributions to political candidates. He eventually got what he wanted: A one-year extension granted at the last minute. Joe Neff of the News and Observer of Raleigh joined WFAE’s Marshall Terry.