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FIRST ON 3: Finger pointing begins on why NC lost “Project Soccer”; Gov’s office releases previously confidential documents

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The State Legislature and the Governor’s Office are going back and forth today on why Continental Tire decided to pick South Carolina to build a new plant.

State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger blames Gov. Bev Perdue and what he calls “pay-to-play politics,” referring to a story the Associated Press did recently on people close to the governor who would have profited by the sale of land in Brunswick County.

The Governor’s Office contends Berger and the legislature knew everything about the offer that was on the table and approved it.

This afternoon, the Governor’s Office released the chain of correspondence related to the pitching of the project.

READ THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN STATE LEADERS AND PROJECT SOCCER EXECUTIVES (.pdf file)

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