RECORDS: Money from illegal gambling landed in hands of NC Gov., - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

RECORDS: Money from illegal gambling landed in hands of NC Gov., others

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WBTV) -

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory says he gave campaign cash to charity after the Oklahoma man who gave him the cash, was charged in a Florida gambling investigation.

It's a growing financial and political scandal with at least 60 people now facing charges.

They're accused of using a charity for military veterans as a front for a nearly $300 million illegal gambling operation. The charity was called Allied Veterans.

Chase Egan Burns of Anadarko, Oklahoma is one of the people charged. He and his wife are accused of owning gaming parlors in Florida that operated under Allied Veterans.

Florida's Lieutenant Governor previously worked for the charity. She has resigned her office.

Records show Burns and his wife contributed $8,000 to McCrory's campaign in October.

Burns gave another $28,000 to the North Carolina Republican Party, and nearly $119,000 to Republican and Democratic legislators, including Senators Rucho, Hartsell, Graham, SOucek and Representatives Moore, Carney, and Cotham.

McCrory's spokeswoman said Thursday the governor gave $8,000 to a Durham homeless charity.

Many of the other legislators have similar plans.

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