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Political payoffs alleged in North Carolina
The Asheville Tribune ^ | ? | By Clint Parker

Posted on 11/30/2002 3:26:54 PM PST by Madcelt

Investigation follows money trail and timeline of multi-million dollar transfers

In 1998 then-Attorney General Mike Easley persuaded the state General Assembly to create an independent organization, the Golden LEAF, to oversee half of the $2.3 billion dollar settlement with the tobacco industry. What Easley may have created is a multi-billion dollar political money making machine which he, as governor of the state, can control and manipulate, directing funds to the economy and paying off political contributors to his campaign.

According to its website, a court order created the Golden LEAF (Long-term Economic Advancement Foundation) in 1999 as a non-profit corporation in the consent decree resolving litigation initiated by the state Department of Justice against the tobacco industry.

The foundation receives one-half of the funds coming to North Carolina resulting from the Master Settlement Agreement and makes grants to non-profit and government agencies.

(Excerpt) Read more at ashevilletribune.com ...


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: biotech; bookemdanno; corruption; northcarolina; oldnorthstate
It just gets deeper and deeper as time goes on!
1 posted on 11/30/2002 3:26:54 PM PST by Madcelt
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To: Constitution Day; mykdsmom; Lee'sGhost; KOZ.; borntodiefree
Heads up! Ping!
2 posted on 11/30/2002 3:35:22 PM PST by Madcelt
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To: Madcelt

Pardon my naivete. Would Mr. Easley be a pubbie or a RAT? I suspect a RAT since the article doesn't say.

3 posted on 11/30/2002 3:41:31 PM PST by upchuck
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To: Madcelt
Lawyer=Democrat=Trial Lawyers=Tobacco Settlement and fleecing of businesses through lawsuits....The Tobacco settlement was a fiasco in the first place. Trial lawyers (thieves) are mostly democrat.
4 posted on 11/30/2002 3:45:19 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: upchuck
You suspicions are correct.(RAT)
5 posted on 11/30/2002 3:45:30 PM PST by Madcelt
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To: Madcelt
bump
6 posted on 11/30/2002 3:49:01 PM PST by timestax
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To: upchuck
Would Mr. Easley be a pubbie or a RAT?

"Tax Hike Mike" is a RAT.

7 posted on 11/30/2002 3:50:30 PM PST by shilohsvictory
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To: Madcelt
The pubbies take over the house come Jan. Sounds like a good time to open an inquiry. The only thing that would make this better is if Edwards is somehow involved.
8 posted on 11/30/2002 3:50:37 PM PST by Arkie2
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To: upchuck
Rule of Thumb: If it's something bad and the participant is not identified, you can safely assume it's a democrat. They only identify the party affiliation if it's a republican.
9 posted on 11/30/2002 3:52:08 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: Madcelt
As a former Tarheel, I am shocked! As a Republican, I expect no less from the rats.
10 posted on 11/30/2002 3:56:37 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: McGavin999
Carolina Journal

Much more about our wonderful "Guvnar" and his plans. Notice the bar on the left, under media mangle.

11 posted on 11/30/2002 5:21:32 PM PST by Madcelt
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; Constitution Day; Lee'sGhost; KOZ.; borntodiefree; azhenfud; ...
NC Ping!
13 posted on 11/30/2002 7:28:24 PM PST by mykdsmom
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To: Madcelt
The payoffs for political cronies continue here in the South. Now where, o where did it become SOP to payoff your political buddies? I wonder when the payoffs started in general in this state?
14 posted on 11/30/2002 9:10:48 PM PST by billbears
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To: upchuck

15 posted on 12/01/2002 4:47:52 AM PST by snopercod
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To: billbears
FOR SALE

one slightly used vote
16 posted on 12/01/2002 4:55:20 AM PST by azhenfud
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To: azhenfud
Given the DMV scam in Madison county, I would say probably about 4000 slightly used "illegal alien" votes!( I aint forgot that. Not by along shot!)
17 posted on 12/01/2002 8:07:41 AM PST by Madcelt
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To: azhenfud
LOL!! Wonder what would happen if I held the sign up in #15 with a different name on it....
18 posted on 12/01/2002 8:21:37 AM PST by billbears
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To: billbears
LOL!! Wonder what would happen if I held the sign up in #15 with a different name on it....

There's a ton of'em to chose from.(Names, that is.) The payoffs......... a Long time friend. The problem is (You\I) the people of NC continue to "pay" the bill.

19 posted on 12/01/2002 8:34:37 AM PST by Madcelt
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To: Madcelt
The tobacco litigation was never anything more than a shakedown, and the purposes of the money were never meant to be anything but partisan
20 posted on 12/01/2002 10:21:36 AM PST by Windom Earle
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To: Madcelt
Oh, I realize that. I was thinking of one in particular, especially when it comes to government control of our lives....
21 posted on 12/01/2002 11:09:37 AM PST by billbears
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To: billbears
I believe I know of whom you are referring,Believe me,its gonna get worse.
22 posted on 12/01/2002 5:30:27 PM PST by Madcelt
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To: Madcelt
LOL!! You're telling me....
23 posted on 12/01/2002 5:48:01 PM PST by billbears
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To: billbears
bump
24 posted on 12/01/2002 6:57:08 PM PST by timestax
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To: snopercod

Thanks for the various responses to my question about Mr Easley's political leanings. This pix (post #15) pretty well nails it. LOL and thanks!!

25 posted on 12/01/2002 9:17:21 PM PST by upchuck
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To: shilohsvictory
"Tax Hike Mike" is a RAT.

Oh yeah. Big time.

26 posted on 12/02/2002 5:22:56 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: snopercod
LOL! Excellent pic.
27 posted on 12/02/2002 5:24:38 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: billbears
"LOL!! Wonder what would happen if I held the sign up in #15 with a different name on it...."

Bet you'd get more than one offer....

28 posted on 12/02/2002 6:50:21 AM PST by azhenfud
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