NC elections board set to discuss sweepstakes donor probe

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. State Board of Elections is set to receive the results of the agency’s long-running investigation into $235,000 in questionable donations to the campaigns of top state officials from an Oklahoma Internet sweepstakes magnate.

The board is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Raleigh, when state elections director Kim Strach will report on the findings of the investigation into Chase Burns. The out-of-state sweepstakes operator and his wife were among the top donors to North Carolina candidates in 2012, as the industry was lobbying lawmakers to overturn the state’s ban on the games.

Court records show the account used to issue the checks received proceeds from Burns’ sweepstakes company. Advocacy group Democracy North Carolina filed a complaint in 2013 alleging Burns violated state laws against using corporate money for donations.

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