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D.C. watchdog group files new complaint against House Speaker Tim Moore

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In case you missed it yesterday, the Washington, DC-based Campaign for Accountability has filed a new complaint calling on state officials to investigate whether North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore acted improperly to seek preferential treatment from state regulators.

This is from the news release that accompanied the complaint:

Today, Campaign for Accountability (“CfA”), a nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, again called on North Carolina officials to investigate whether Tim Moore, Speaker of the North Carolina General Assembly, improperly used his position to seek preferential treatment from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) regarding a property owned by his company, Southeast Land Holdings, LLC (“Southeast”). Additionally, CfA called for an investigation into whether DEQ officials acted appropriately when they issued a Conditional No Further Action (“NFA”) letter to Speaker Moore’s company in September 2016.

CfA Executive Director Daniel E. Stevens said, “New documents obtained by Campaign for Accountability reveal that one of Speaker Moore’s legislative aides inquired with DEQ officials about Speaker Moore’s company after it apparently violated several environmental regulations. The documents indicate that yet again Speaker Moore appears to have attempted to use his official position to enrich himself. North Carolina officials should immediately investigate whether Speaker Moore directed his aide, a former DEQ official, to contact the agency on his behalf.”

Speaker Moore was the vice president and part owner of Southeast Land Holdings, LLC. In 2013, Southeast purchased a former Townsend poultry plant in Siler City, North Carolina. The property contained two underground storage tanks (UST) that were used to hold gasoline and diesel fuel and are subject to DEQ regulations.

The release goes on to explain that while state ethics official dismissed a previous complaint regarding the matter, this was before new documents came to light revealing “that Mitch Gillespie, a Senior Policy Advisor for Speaker Moore and former Assistant Secretary at DEQ, intervened with DEQ officials regarding Speaker Moore’s property.”

Click here to read the full release.

Click here to read the new complaint.

Click here to read the previous complaint.

Click here to see the newly obtained documents

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