Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Gary Allen is now being called to testify. Mr. Allen lives in Naples, FL. He was a resident of Florida in 2004. He still owns a home in Waxhaw, NC. He states that he has been a contributor to both Democrats and Republicans.
He contributed $50,000 to the NC Democratic Party on 06/29/03 – he doesn’t recall the specific circumstances of this check. He doesn’t recall being solicited by the Easley Campaign or the NC Democratic Party. He states he probably gave the maximum amount to the Easley Campaign. He believed that Easley would probably benefit from the $50,000 contribution. He contributed another $50,000 to the Democratic Party approximately 14 months later.
Mr. Allen was in a business deal with Lanny Wilson (Oyster Harbour) where certain pemits were needed and were taking a long time to acquire. Mr. Allen said that he did not go to Mike Easley for help. But did communicate with Ruffin Poole (the Easley Campaign’s Attorney) about the problems they were having. He stated that the contributions had nothing to do with the needed permits.
The State Board of Elections adjourned in order for Chairman Larry Leake to meet with Attorneys from the Attorney Generals office.
The Board will reconvene at 9 am Wednesday, October 28, 2009 on matters relating to the Wake County Board of Education.