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Democrats urge McCrory to disclose financial records

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Democrats are wasting little time bringing the heat against Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory.

The North Carolina Democratic Party is calling on McCrory to disclose his financial records. They're looking to highlight his work with a law firm after his 2008 defeat. Democrats contend that law firm did lobbying work and call it a potential conflict of interest for McCrory.

Most know him as the former Charlotte mayor who narrowly lost to Gov. Bev Perdue in 2008. But, how has the GOP's top contender made a living since?

"I think it is a big question that he should answer throughout the course of this campaign," said North Carolina Democratic Executive Director Jay Parmley,

Democrats tweeted that question Wednesday with a link to a 10-paragraph resolution encouraging voters to demand McCrory disclose his financial dealings.

"He has been a private citizen but being paid handsomely," said Parmley.

Parmley says conflicts of interest could arise from McCrory's work with a law firm.

The resolution says: "McCrory officially works for Moore Van Allen as a public policy consultant, which means he is being paid to talk with corporate donors about what he will do for them as governor."

"He's happy to tell us what he did as mayor, but why isn't he happy to tell us what he's done for the last four years and in particularly the last two years," said Parmley.

Parmley is specifically referring to possible dealings with major players in a Republican-led General Assembly.

Wednesday, neither McCrory, who spent the day in Hendersonville, nor his campaign, would comment but in a statement the State GOP said: "Whichever college democrat intern wrote their press release must not have been told by his supervisors that candidates file disclosures after they file for office."

"It's been no secret that he was going to run for governor again," said Parmley. "So, why wait until he's forced to by law? Why would he not tell us this information?"

McCrory isn't legally required to disclose his records until the end of February.

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