Alleged Under Reporting of Lobbyist Expenses, a $500,000 No-interest Loan, and an Imprisoned Former Speaker

This story from the Raleigh News & Observer contains all of the above.

Don Beason, once one of the state’s most powerful lobbyists, is the subject of an investigation into whether he directed clients to underreport their payments to him, according to an investigator’s affidavit.

In the four-page sworn statement filed in Wake County Superior Court, John M. Lynch, a special agent with the N.C. secretary of state’s lobbying compliance division, wrote that he thought Beason directed some of 24 groups and companies for which he and his son lobbied in 2007 to include inaccurate information on state disclosure forms.

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