The Independent Weekly, the alt weekly for the Triangle, gathered up all the statements of economic interest for Gov. Pat McCrory’s major administrative appointees, and posted them online for all to see.
Go here to launch your own DIY hunt.(Links to the document are on the right side of the page.)
Whether or not any of the information is juicy really is in the eye of the beholder but there are some interesting tidbits.
As the Indy pointed out, McCrory’s budget director and Republican money-man Art Pope invests in the nation’s largest oil and natural gas royalty trust in the United States, BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust) while the the head of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Susan Kluttz owns property with her husband on the exclusive Figure Eight Island and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata’s wife works for the Old Chatham Golf Club, an exclusive, invite-only golf club.
The statements of economic interest (SEIs, as they’re known to public records nerds like myself) are collected by the N.C. Ethics Commission as part of the sweeping changes following the scandals that befell the Democratic-led legislature in 2006.
Looking at them is supposed to give the public a sense of what personal financial ties leaders in the state have, from candidates to the state legislature to agency heads.
Though public and available to anyone who wants a copy, the ethics commission hasn’t yet made the records available online and don’t have a firm date as to when that will happen. Requests to see the forms can also be made directly to the agency at email@example.com
Until that happens, the Indy was kind enough to gather the McCrory’s major appointees.
The Civitas Institute (which is funded by Pope’s family foundation) has the ethics forms for 2010 and 2011 legislative candidates available on their Carolina Transparency website — they apparently didn’t get a chance to update for the last round of elections in 2012.
If anyone knows of any other groups that may have records like this posted online, let us know below.