Dan Forest’s largest donor for his gubernatorial campaign is on his way to a minimum-security federal prison for seven years, WRAL reports.
Greg Lindberg was convicted for attempting to bribe North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey earlier this year. At one point, Lindberg was the state’s largest political donor.
The single largest recipient of donations from Lindberg was Dan Forest, the incumbent lieutenant governor and Republican candidate for governor. NC Policy Watch reported on the staggering numbers:
“As WRAL noted, associates of Lindberg and his consultant John Gray—who’s also indicted in this case—directed more than $50,000 into Forest’s campaign within the month. And Lindberg contributed $400,000 to a political action committee controlled by Forest that month. By the end of 2017, Lindberg had contributed $2.4 million to pro-Forest committees.”
Forest told reporters that he was friends with the indicted donors.
“First of all, there’s a few guys in there that are friends of mine. These are good guys. I like these guys,” Forest said.