Grand jury asks for investigation of Perdue donor


A presentment filed Monday state Charles Michael Fulenwider, of Morganton, appears to have obstructed public justice by contributing the maximum amount of contributions allowed by law to the Bev Perdue Campaign.

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Fulenwider donated $4,000 on Dec. 3, 2005, during the primary election cycle and $4,000 on May 28, 2008, during the general election cycle.

Fulenwider also contributed or loaned $32,000 to the campaign by paying the amount to Tryon Capital Ventures, LLC. The $32,000 was used to pay Julia Leigh Sitton's salary for the work she did for the campaign.

Those contributions were not reported to the campaign, the treasurer of the campaign, or the State Board of Elections.

Court records also state that Fulenwider prepared documents in 2007 that concealed the true nature of the payments. He said the payments were used for consulting services from Tryon Capital Ventures, when in fact they were used for the benefit of the Bev Perdue Campaign.

Investigators have maintained that the former governor and her campaign officials did not have any knowledge of the scheme to funnel illegal contributions to the campaign.

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