Charges Filed Against Hobbs Over Campaign Contributions
District Attorney Maureen Krueger filed criminal charges Thursday morning against former state Sen. Fred Hobbs over political campaign contributions.
Documents she filed with the court allege Hobbs made illegal corporate contributions to the 2008 political campaigns of Gov. Beverly Perdue and outgoing N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight. They allege Hobbs, acting as an officer of his company, Hobbs, Upchurch & Associates, “made or caused to be” illegal contributions. The charges are misdemeanors.
At the same time, in Raleigh, the State Board of Elections fined Hobbs $150,000 for illegally “making political contributions in the name of another” as a result of a settlement agreement with him.
The state board hearing Thursday morning came in response to a complaint filed by state Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer, who said political donations by employees of Hobbs Upchurch and Associates looked suspicious.
Speaking to the board on his client’s behalf, Raleigh attorney Michael Weisel stressed that Hobbs had cooperated fully, had disclosed everything, provided all supporting documentation and provided interviews whose transcripts were part of the record before the board.
“I believe that everything has been fully disclosed,” Weisel said. “Certainly it will come out after the (criminal) matter is resolved with Moore County.”
The state board has been assisting Krueger in her investigation, but many details have not yet been made public.
For more see Friday's print edition of The Pilot.
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