Gov. McCrory misstated Duke Energy holdings, sold stock after coal-ash spill

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Gov. Pat McCrory

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is facing new criticism in connection with his ties to Duke Energy.

The power company made headlines earlier this year after a coal ash leak at one of its plants.

Now, McCrory is coming under fire for failing to mention Duke Energy stock holdings he held in a spring filing with the state ethics commission.

McCrory says he thought he was being asked if owned the stock as of the filing date in April, rather than as of the end of 2013.

This week, he filed an amendment saying he owned at least $10,000 worth of Duke Energy stock at that time.

He apologized for the error and said it’s nothing more than a mistake.

“We haven’t broken any rules or ethics violations or anything,” the governor said.

The governor sold the stock in question this year following the spill.

McCrory worked for Duke Energy for nearly 30 years.

Critics have accused him of being too soft on the power company in the wake of the coal ash spill.

The governor says he has not given the utility any special treatment.

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