The State Board of Elections has asked prosecutors in Raleigh to consider charges against North Carolina state Senator Robert Holloman (D-Hertford) for campaign finance violations.
The Board alleges that Sen. Holloman failed to report over $23,000 in campaign contributions since 2002. Senator Holloman told News 14,
"My reports may have some errors and mistakes," Holloman said. "But I'm going to tell you all today -- I'm looking at you with a straight face -- Robert Holloman has nothing to hide. I'm not trying to hide anything."
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Holloman, a Baptist minister, has asked to be allowed to clear things up with his staff, but officials say there are other irregularities including possible fraud.
Holloman's seat carries a history of fraud and illegal activity. His predecessor was none other than convicted felon, Frank Balance. Balance pleaded to taking public money given to his charity and using it for personal expenses. He is currently in prison on these charges.
These violations were discovered when investigators were looking into possible campaign finance violations of House Speaker, Jim Black.
Also caught up in the investigation is Rep. Howard Hunter, D-Hertford. He failed to file reports for his campaigns in 2002 and 2004. Hunter's case has not been sent to prosecutors at this time.
Holloman will not face opposition in the primary race in May, but Republican Ken Chandler is running against him in November. Hunter also has no opposition in the primary, but will face Republican Kyle Jones in November.