No one wants A. Stephen Pierce’s money. But he keeps trying to give.
In February, Pierce gave Richard Moore, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, a $500 check. One month later, Moore returned the check. That’s because Pierce pleaded guilty in 1999 to illegally funnelling campaign contributions to candidates. Pierce a rest-home operator, was accused of having relatives and employees give Pierce’s money in their names in a scheme to get around the $4,000 limit on individual campaign contributions.
One of the candidates who received some of that earlier money: Beverly Perdue, who was then a state senator.
A prosecutor found no evidence that Perdue knew of Pierce’s scheme.
Moore attacked Perdue over her association with Pierce this year in the Democratic primary for governor. And Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican candidate for governor, has repeated those attacks.
So it was bad news for McCrory that he received a $2,000 check from A. Steve Pierce of Kernersville.
Richard Hudson, McCrory’s campaign manager, said he vets the names of donors. While he was familiar with the events surrounding Pierce, he wasn’t familiar with the name.
"If it’s the same guy, we’ll give the $2,000 back," Hudson said.
A. Steve Pierce did not return a phone message Tuesday.