McCrory, a former Duke employee, issued a statement and made remarks to reporters that said a "blaring" front-page story in Thursday's editions "overstates, misleads and gives a false impression that I did something ethically wrong regarding my Statement of Economic Interest filing."
"In fact, just the opposite occurred," the first-term governor said in a statement.
The N&O reported that McCrory had filed new ethics forms that corrected two previous ones -- and made clear that he owned Duke stock as of
McCrory acknowledged Thursday there were mistakes on his required state ethics filings this year, and he apologized for what he said was a misinterpretation of the forms by his general counsel,
McCrory signed the forms.
The form asks for a public official's financial interests as of
The governor filed his form on
McCrory said he was trying to be forthcoming with the filing in April by showing that he no longer had a financial interest in Duke. He stressed that his spokesman had disclosed the Duke stock sale around that time.
That happened on
But Ellis would not provide details about when the sale or sales actually occurred.
In a press conference in mid-February -- after the coal-ash spill -- McCrory had indicated that he still owned the stock in his 401(k) retirement account.
But then the governor affirmed that he did not own the stock as of
The N&O had sought for weeks to clarify when McCrory divested his Duke shares, and the administration would only say the sale had been at some point before
On Wednesday, McCrory signed new forms that correctly show his ownership in Duke stock at the end of 2013. Public officials who "knowingly" do not disclose required information can face penalties.
McCrory said it was a mistake but that "we haven't broken any rules or ethics violations or anything."
"It was a mistake of the interpretation of the form," McCrory told reporters Thursday. "We misinterpreted the filling out of the form in an effort to be more transparent, not less transparent."
McCrory also said Thursday that protesters who were making an issue of his ownership in Duke had prompted him to sell. The loudest protests were in early March.
McCrory said he spoke with Duke CEO
"It wasn't seeking input," McCrory said of his conversations with Good.
Good said in early March that the potential cleanup costs for the coal ash problem would be in the billions.
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