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Assessing The State Ethics Commission

The NC Ethics Commission has received more than 500 complaints in the last seven years. Only two have been referred for prosecution.
Steph Guinan
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Carolina Public Press
The NC Ethics Commission has received more than 500 complaints in the last seven years. Only two have been referred for prosecution.

Frank Stasio talks with Carolina Public Press investigative reporter Jon Elliston about the strengths and weaknesses of the State Ethics Commission.

The NC Ethics Commission has received more than 500 complaints in the last seven years. Only two have been referred for prosecution.
Credit Steph Guinan / Carolina Public Press
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Carolina Public Press
The NC Ethics Commission has received more than 500 complaints in the last seven years. Only two have been referred for prosecution.

The State Ethics Commission is a small group of officials that has the large task of looking out for public corruption. 

Commissioners investigate everything from public officials’ investments to possible conflicts of interest in state government. But a 2012 report gave North Carolina a “C” when it comes to ethics enforcement. 

It turns out the board is limited in its resources. And of the hundreds of ethics complaints it has received, commissioners are not allowed to talk about any of them.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Carolina Public Press investigative reporter Jon Elliston about the strengths and weaknesses of the State Ethics Commission.

Copyright 2014 North Carolina Public Radio

Will Michaels started his professional radio career at WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.