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National nonprofit magazine weighs in on LaRoque controversy

The controversial nonprofit management practices of State Representative Stephen LaRoque (as well as his responses to a Policy Watch investigation [1]) have caught the eye of the national publication, Nonprofit Quarterly [2].

This is from a column posted online this morning [3] by the group’s national correspondent, Rick Cohen:

“Somehow, LaRoque’s answers do not generate the impression that he is exactly on top of the latest thinking on good nonprofit management when it comes to conflicts of interest, self-dealing, transparency or financial accountability. One would also expect the USDA to get on the stick and start overseeing the $7.5 million it gave LaRoque through the Intermediary Relending Program and the $582,000 from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program. And one would also expect the person responsible for charity oversight in the North Carolina Attorney General’s office to find out whether LaRoque’s serial self-dealing transactions and his conflicts of interest cross the line.”

You can read Cohen’s entire piece by clicking here [3].