Numerous Ethical Lapses and Corruption Allegations:

As Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory’s short tenure was marked by numerous ethical lapses and corruption allegations that disqualify him from serving as the next Senator of North Carolina.
  • Elections Board and Sweepstakes Investigation
  • Questionable Stock Payouts
  • Ethics Complaint and Unreported Trips
  • Federal Grand Jury Probes Prison Contracts
  • Tarnished Legacy & Special Perks Rejected
  • “McCrory’s stock deal smells funny”
    -The Charlotte Observer
  • “McCrory misstated Duke Holdings”
    -The News & Observer
  • “Groups file ethics complaints against McCrory, Sanford”
    -Rocky Mount Telegram
  • “The many faces of McCrory”
    -The News & Observer

Reports Archive:

2012-2013: Election Board Investigation/Sweepstakes Investigation

  • Dem ad targets McCrory's ethics (News and Observer; June 9, 2012)
  • Elections board members want inquiry into sweepstakes cash (News and Observer; April 26, 2013)
  • Embattled McCrory struggles at start (News and Observer; September 1, 2013)
  • McCrory yet to cut ties to firms - Watchdogs: Governor-elect creates potential conflicts of interest (News and Observer; December 5, 2012)
  • McCrory, his money, and transparency - Watchdogs eyeing gov.-elect’s current job, future holdings (Charlotte Observer; December 6, 2012)
  • More bad headlines for North Carolina (Charlotte Observer; July 2, 2013)
  • Sweepstakes donations warrant investigation (Rocky Mount Telegram; April 28, 2013)
  • The source of all McCrory's troubles? (Charlotte Observer; December 1, 2013)

2014: Questionable Stock Payouts

  • Stock Payouts for Company Under Federal Criminal Probe (News and Observer; February 14, 2014)
  • How the governor burned himself (Charlotte Observer; December 19, 2014)
  • McCrory misstated Duke holdings (News and Observer; August 14, 2014)
  • McCrory received payouts from broker (Rocky Mount Telegram; December 17, 2014)
  • McCrory's mishandling of his Duke stock (Charlotte Observer; August 17, 2014)
  • McCrory’s stock deal smells funny (Charlotte Observer; December 18, 2014)

2015 Part I: Ethics Complaint/Unreported Trips

  • Group files ethics complaint over McCrory’s travel (Asheville Citizen Times; March 10, 2015)
  • Groups file ethics complaints against McCrory, Sanford (Rocky Mount Telegram; January 13, 2015)
  • Those baffling N.C. ethics forms - McCrory and his counsel confounded yet again (Charlotte Observer; March 11, 2015)
  • McCrory complaint appears to advance (News and Observer; March 4, 2015)
  • McCrory denies ethics charge (News and Observer; January 13, 2015)
  • McCrory vs. the truth - once again (Charlotte Observer; January 16, 2015)
  • McCrory's blind spots on ethics (News and Observer; March 15, 2015)
  • The many faces of McCrory (News and Observer; December 6, 2015)

2015 Part II: Federal Grand Jury Probes Prison Contracts

  • Behind the ethics call the Governor never got (Charlotte Observer; July 23, 2015)
  • Does governor have an ethics blind spot? (Charlotte Observer; November 5, 2015)
  • McCrory brokered meeting to extend donor's contracts (News and Observer; October 31, 2015)
  • McCrory denies ethics charge (Charlotte Observer; January 13, 2015)
  • Reformer: McCrory ethics updates 'amazing' (News and Observer; March 15, 2015)
  • McCrory showing pattern of omissions (Rocky Mount Telegram; March 15, 2015)

2016: Tarnished Legacy/Special Perks Rejected

  • A breathtaking dis of North Carolina voters (Charlotte Observer; December 16, 2016)
  • Drescher: McCrory’s prison-contract meeting gets curiouser and curiouser (News and Observer; January 30, 2016)
  • Group seeks check of McCrory's ties (Asheville Citizen Times; February 26, 2016)
  • Legislators considered, rejected a special perk for McCrory (Charlotte Observer; December 26, 2016)
  • McCrory joins a dark list of Southern governors (Charlotte Observer; March 25, 2016)
  • McCrory leaves office with a whimper (Charlotte Observer; December 21, 2016)
  • McCrory tarnishing already-stained legacy (Charlotte Observer; November 30, 2016)
  • McCrory was in over his head, and voters knew it (Charlotte Observer; November 9, 2016)
  • Oct 16: Why we’re not endorsing Pat McCrory for the first time in 25 years (Charlotte Observer; October 16, 2016)
  • Tolls - and HB2 - became roadblocks for McCrory (Charlotte Observer; November 10, 2016)
Governor Pat McCrory’s One Term Marred by Ethics & Corruption Allegations
Contact Pat McCrory, Ask Him to DO the RIGHT THING.
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