ElectriCities and the Jim Black Connection

2009-07-25_07-48-56-708Bonds no longer at ElectriCities

Jeanne Bonds is no longer working for ElectriCities.

The nonprofit, which advocates for municipal utilities, confirmed Monday that Bonds is no longer working as its legislative liaison.

Bonds was in the news last year for testifying before a grand jury investigating Black.

She had hired Black’s political director, Meredith Norris, to work for ElectriCities.

Norris was later found guilty of failing to register as a lobbyist while working for lottery vendor Scientific Games.

Bonds could not be reached for comment.

(from the News and Observer)

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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3 Responses to ElectriCities and the Jim Black Connection

  1. Darlene says:

    Bonds left ElectriCities because ESTHERINE DAVIS got her involved with Jim Black and his mess. Once again, ESTHERINE DAVIS issues. Davis knew Black and had him all involved and then Davis lied as usual. I watched it all unfold and know the facts.

    JESSE TILTON AND CLAY NORRIS PAID THE PRICE FOR WHAT THEY DID.

  2. Darlene says:

    And by involved, I mean, Davis introduced Bonds to him. Bonds got pulled into all of this because that lying little Davis and Tilton. I live in Wilson and know Bonds and she did a tremendous job unlike the little poser Davis.

  3. Dan says:

    http://www2.nccommerce.com/eclipsfiles/12694.pdf

    BRILLIANT MOVE ESTHERINE DAVIS YOU CHOSE MEREDITH NORRIS AND THEN WE GOT STUCK WITH YOU BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO BE AROUND YOU AND THE WHOLE LOBBY TEAM LEFT BECAUSE OF DAVIS. AND THEN DAVIS HIRED BLACK’s BEST BUD DREW SAUNDERS AND WE ARE PAYING HIM. BUNCH of BS and if this group wants to report, get the facts right.

    2 testify to jury in Black investigation
    Also, subpoena is issued for documents concerning lottery
    MARK JOHNSON
    mjohnson@charlotteobserver.com
    RALEIGH – The first witnesses testified Wednesday in a federal grand jury investigation involving House Speaker Jim
    Black and the new N.C. lottery.
    At least two more subpoenas for documents also have been issued in the probe, one to the state lottery commission and
    another to a state economic development group, indicating that the investigation continues to scoop up information. No
    one has been charged.
    Two lobbyists for ElectriCities, a nonprofit agency that aids municipal utilities, showed up for testimony at the federal
    courthouse in Raleigh around midday. The company hired Meredith Norris, a lobbyist and then-top political adviser to
    Black, earlier this year on a six-month, $18,000 contract. Norris lobbied on specific legislation and helped plan the firm’s
    annual meeting.
    Legal analysts said they expect federal prosecutors to ask about the circumstances of Norris’ hiring and whether Black or
    anyone else influenced it.
    Estherine Davis, one of the ElectriCities lobbyists, testified for less than an hour, according to her lawyer, David Long.
    Another lobbyist, Jeanne Bonds, was not called into the grand jury room by the end of the day but likely will return.
    Another witness, who could not be identified, also testified.
    The grand jury has subpoenaed documents from Black’s office covering a range of topics, from Norris and her lobbying
    clients to video poker and the lottery, two gambling ventures Black has supported.
    Norris and Scientific Games, a lottery company expected to compete for North Carolina’s contract, are under
    investigation by state officials for possible lobbying law violations. A Scientific Games executive and Kevin Geddings, a
    former lottery commissioner from Charlotte, are subjects of the same investigation.
    The grand jury in recent weeks issued at least two more subpoenas in the investigation. The N.C. lottery commission
    received one asking for all documents received from vendors or contractors, commission Chairman Charles Sanders said
    Wednesday.
    Last week, the N.C. Economic Development Group received a subpoena for all correspondence and records of payments
    involving Norris, according to Don Donadio, a lawyer for the group. The group is a lobbying organization set up by seven
    regional economic development partnerships around the state. The partnerships hired Norris to do the lobbying.
    Prosecutors withdrew the subpoena after learning from partnership lawyers that the economic development group has no
    office and no employees who maintain documents, Donadio said. Instead, agents from the FBI and IRS will examine all
    the available documents at Donadio’s office.
    “They’re using kind of a prototype subpoena for documents to everybody that they have sent them to,” Donadio said.
    “Certain questions are just inapplicable to us.”

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