Bribery

 

A major political donor has been found guilty of trying to bribe a North Carolina insurance regulator in hopes of reducing scrutiny of his business.

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The insurance tycoon accused of trying to bribe the state insurance commissioner with $2 million in campaign donations went on trial this week. 

And a new poll came out showing Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, and Joe Biden essentially tied in North Carolina as we barrel toward Super Tuesday. 

Rob Schofield of the progressive NC Policy Watch and Mitch Kokai of the John Locke Foundation review all that news and mull whether the North Carolina House Speaker would be a good chancellor for East Carolina University. 
 


Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg / via AP

The federal bribery trial for political mega-donor Greg Lindberg began Tuesday in Charlotte with jury selection.

Lindberg, along with two of his associates and a former North Carolina congressman and GOP chair, were indicted on a slew of federal charges last March — charges tied to the bribery of a state elected official.

Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

ECU trustee Phil Lewis resigned this morning during a special session of the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors.

 

Portrait of Lindberg sitting on brick steps.
Robert Brown Public Relations via AP

Recent reporting from The Wall Street Journal paints an even more complicated portrait of indicted Durham businessman Greg Lindberg.

A view of the Wake Forest University campus
Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University

In the wake of a massive college bribery scheme, the schools caught in the middle have been left facing a thorny question: What to do about the students who may have been admitted through fraud?

Image of Sepp Blatter, who said Tuesday he will resign as president amid the controversy surrounding FIFA.
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The soccer world is reeling from a corruption scandal at the highest levels.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday he's stepping down. Meanwhile, top soccer executives face $150 million in bribery charges and one of the accused has ties to the Carolina RailHawks.

Janet Cowell
nctreasurer.com

The State Treasurer's office is putting transparency reforms in place for contractors who manage some investments for the state pension fund.

The pension fund is worth about 83-billion dollars.

Treasurer Janet Cowell says independent reviews of NC Retirement Systems showed that until 2009, some managers hired third-party brokers, or “placement agents” to arrange investments, often without disclosing to the state.