North Carolina lawsuit ties casinos, campaign money, and defamation claims

North Carolina lawsuit ties casinos, campaign money, and defamation claims

Article brief provided by The News & Observer
  • Danielle Battaglia, The News & Observer
June 19, 2024 7:58 PM
  • Danielle Battaglia, The News & Observer

A lawsuit filed by former Rockingham County Commissioner Craig Travis against Commissioner Kevin Berger, the son of Senate leader Phil Berger, provides new details about how, Travis alleges, state lawmakers and local leaders attempted to secure a casino in Stokesdale.

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Berger is one of three commissioners, along with the chairwoman of Rockingham County’s Republican Party and three political organizations, named as defendants in the libel lawsuit, which accuses them of false statements that cost Travis his election.

Neither Berger, Commissioner Don Powell nor GOP chairwoman Diane Parnell knew about the lawsuit when McClatchy reached out for comment. Commissioner Mark Richardson could not immediately be reached for comment.