Friday, April 6, 2012

North Carolina Investigating State Official's Ties To Nonprofit

Governor Bev Perdue's (D-NC) administration is investigating a top state official's ties to a nonprofit after it was alleged that he didn't reveal that connection in an ethics disclosure form.

Henry McKoy Jr., the assistant secretary for community development, helped with an initiative that would get Raleigh, N.C.-based North Carolina Sustainability Center (NCSC) a $2 million federal grant, according to a report in The Times News. McKoy had served as an unpaid leader of the organization before his appointment by Perdue in August 2010. These ties were allegedly not reported in his 2011 and 2012 ethic disclosure forms, an allegation that was first bought up in a report Wednesday by Carolina Journal Online, a news website with ties to the conservative John Locke Foundation.

A Perdue administration spokesperson responded by saying it is investigating the report, but was quick to point out that the initiative that McKoy was involved with had not yet been approved and that no money had been distributed to NCSC.

McKoy denied the allegations by the Carolina Journal, telling The Times News that the story is being "distorted." He said that Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco asked him to resign after the report first came out, but he refused to do so. Crisco and many other administration officials were involved with NCSC, which was essentially a creation of the Commerce Department.

McKoy said that he and Crisco both resigned from the board of the nonprofit in August after new directors were appointed.

You can read the full story in The Times News Online.

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