Updated: Friday, 15 Mar 2013, 3:55 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 15 Mar 2013, 3:55 PM EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's governor says he had no contact with a campaign contributor facing racketeering charges in Florida over illegal gambling.
Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday he had never heard of Chase Egan Burns, the Oklahoma man accused this week of owning gambling parlors operated by Allied Veterans of the World. Prosecutors say the purported charity earned about $300 million from illegal gaming, with only about 2 percent actually going to veterans.
Records show the Charlotte law firm McCrory worked for just prior to taking office in January lobbied on behalf of Burns' company, International Internet Technologies.
McCrory's campaign purged itself of $8,000 in contributions from Burns, sending the money to a Durham charity. Officials at the North Carolina Republican Party have refused to comment about $55,000 Burns contributed in 2012.
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