Former NC State Senator Fred Hobbs this week pleaded guilty to charges stemming from illegal campaign donations he made to prominent North Carolina Democrats including former Senator Marc Basnight and Governor Beverly Perdue.   Mr. Hobbs joins the illustrious Rusty ‘I thought my cat could contribute’ Carter in the club of North Carolina elites who committed campaign finance fraud in the name of helping their friends in Raleigh.  But were they just helping their friends?  Or was there a quid pro quo?  We’ll never know.  Both Mr. Carter and his wife were appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees at UNC.  Mr. Hobbs’ engineering firm has been the recipient of millions in grants from various North Carolina boards and commissions.  The  system we have in North Carolina for doling out appointments and money to political favorites is a fertile breeding ground for corruption.

Both Hobbs and Carter used their employees as straw men to make political campaign donations to Marc Basnight and Beverly Perdue and others over the course of a decade. The employees were reimbursed for their donations.  Hobbs was fined a record (more…)


Former State Senator Fred Hobbs admitted today that he illegally funneled money through his employees to the campaigns of Marc Basnight, Governor Perdue and others.  Hobbs, one of the principles of the engineering firm Hobbs Upchurch & Associates, was fined $150,00 by the State Board of Elections this morning.  This afternoon, criminal charges were filed by the local District Attorney.   The charges are only misdemeanors which means he’s facing the frightening punishment of a slap on the wrist.  Chewing bubble gum during catechism class will get you a harsher punishment than Hobbs will get.

We now have two prominent businessmen who illegally funneled money to Basnight and Perdue through their employees.  Will Marc Basnight continue to deny he knew nothing of this scheme?  Is it just a coincidence that (more…)

Star News Online is reporting that Rusty Carter, owner of Atlantic Packaging, was fined $100,000 today by the State Board of Elections for his illegal campaign donation scheme. Mr. Carter, if you will remember, gave bonuses to his employees with the expectation (more…)

You may have recently read that Marc Basnight has had to return $84,000 in illegal campaign contributions.  Basnight, along with Governor Perdue and Senator Julia Boseman, received contributions from employees of Atlantic Corp that were actually donations from Rusty Carter, the owner of Atlantic Corp, who funneled the money to his employees as bonuses with the expectation that they would contribute the funds to these honorable politicians.  Click here to read about Rusty Carter’s conviction.  The story, I believe, does not end there.

It does please me to no end to know that a little old blogger can ferret out wrongdoing and people will be brought to justice.  You’ll remember that I blogged about these campaign contributions here, long before they were made public.  Now let’s see if we can get the State Board of Elections to take a look at the donations to Basnight from (more…)