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Ethics complaint filed against North Carolina House speaker

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Washington-based group has asked North Carolina ethics officials to investigate state House Speaker Tim Moore about his business interests and interactions with state environmental regulators over some land.

The nonprofit Campaign for Accountability said Monday it filed a complaint with the state ethics board based on public records requests to what is now the Division of Environmental Quality.

The complaint accuses Moore of improperly intervening with DEQ so his limited liability company could avoid fines while the company worked to sell an old poultry plant in Chatham County.

Moore called the complaint a "meritless election-year political ploy" and said regulators handled the project as they would any other.

The Legislative Ethics Committee would investigate if the state ethics board found probable cause to continue the probe.

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