Ethics Complaint Filed Against NC House Speaker Tillis
The request maintains that Speaker Tillis, now a Republican candidate for US Senate, may have abused his powers of office by advocating that several substantial donors to his campaign be appointed to positions on the UNC Board of Governors. Former NC House Rep. John Rhodes cites a published letter in which the Speaker defended his endorsement of Doyle Parrish, a Democrat, by stating, “he is directly responsible for more than $100,000.00 in financial support through personal contributions to my campaign committee and other candidates and through the Hospitality Alliance."
Rhodes points out that the date of his request for an investigation is the same date in 2005 in which he accused another representative of potentially unethical behavior: then-House Speaker Jim Black. ... Rhodes’ 2005 allegations gave rise to charges of federal corruption for which Black was later imprisoned.