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McCrory taps all new members to NC elections board

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory put his stamp Friday on the board responsible for running elections and monitoring campaign finance reports statewide.
    
McCrory said he's appointing all new members to the five-member State Board of Elections. Three are Republicans and two are Democrats, a choice reflecting GOP control over state government.
    
The appointments take effect Wednesday, the day after the current, Democrat-led elections board votes on whether to open a campaign finance investigation into 2012 political donations from the operators of sweepstakes games.
    
The elections board's new Republican members will be lawyers Josh Howard of Wake County and Paul Foley of Forsyth County, and Rhonda Amoroso of New Hanover County.
    
Democratic Party members will be Joshua Malcolm of Robeson County and Maja Kricker of Chatham County. Both chair their county elections boards.
    
Board Chairman Larry Leake of Asheville and member Robert Cordle, both Democrats, joined Republican member Chuck Winfree of Greensboro this week in calling for an investigation into the $520,000 in campaign money that flowed from sweepstakes interests to dozens of elected officials from both parties.
    
The campaigns of top Republicans McCrory, state Senate leader Phil Berger and House speaker Thom Tillis also received political donations from the industry, which wants to persuade lawmakers to reverse a 2010 law intended to ban the electronic games that mimic Las Vegas-style slots.
    
The elections board has the authority to issue subpoenas and call witnesses to testify. If the board finds misconduct, it can impose fines and make a referral to state prosecutors for criminal charges.

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