Businessman pleads guilty to illegal Perdue donations

May 4, 2010 2:15:58 PM PDT
A southeastern North Carolina businessman has pleaded guilty to violating three misdemeanor campaign donations laws when he funneled money through his employees to Governor Bev Perdue and two state senators.

New Hanover County District Court Judge John J. Carroll on Tuesday accepted the guilty plea from Rusty Carter, the owner of the Atlantic Corp. packaging company.

Carter was fined $5,000 and sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. The fine was paid to the New Hanover County Schools.

Carroll also banned Carter from making political donations for two years.

Carter was charged with making illegal campaign contributions to Perdue, state Senate leader Marc Basnight and state Sen. Julia Boseman.

Marc Farinella, spokesperson for the Perdue Committee said the Governor does not condone the breaking of any campaign finance laws.

He didn't know the details of the settlement, but said he "trusts that it was appropriate and serves the interest of justice."

Farinella said the Perdue campaign has already turned over $48,000 that it was able to identify as related to the Carter case.

He said a further $16,000 for four other contributions where the campaign couldn't identify the source would be turned over Wednesday.

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