Money and Influence behind the Takeover Campaign

Behind the facades of organizations supporting a State takeover of the Alcoa project, there is a handful of key people with intertwined relationships, overwhelmingly influenced by Roger Dick and his financial corporations.

Roger & Jimmie Dick, Uwharrie Capital Corp, Bank of Stanly, NC Water Rights Committee

At the center of the ring of influence behind the State takeover of the Yadkin Project is Roger Dick, occasionally his brother Jimmie, donations from Uwharrie Capital Corporation (of which Roger Dick is President and CEO) and its subsidiary the Bank of Stanly. 

  • $400,000 loan from Bank of Stanly to Central Park NC
  • $20,000 donaton from Uwharrie Capital Corp to Central Park NC in 2004
  • $20,000 donation from Bank of Stanly to Central Park NC in 2008
  • $15,851 donation from Uwharrie Capital Corp to Yadkin Riverkeeper in 2009
  • $40,000 donation from Uwharrie Capital Corp to Central Park NC in 2010
  • $10,000 donation from Uwharrie Capital Corp. to URRC in 2011

Roger Dick formed the NC Water Rights Committee, which gave $3000 to UNC-TV researcher Martin Sansone while he was working on the Eszter Vajda story on Alcoa.  Keith Crisco and Nancy McFarlane have served as past Presidents.

Jimmie Dick is on the Yadkin Riverkeeper Board.  Roger Dick serves on the URRC and is a long-time Board member and Vice Chair of Central Park NC.

It is not publicly known who paid for political consultants Richard Morgan and Carter Wrenn, or what Stanly county citizen has hired Raleigh attorney Bob Orr.

UPDATE:  see also Who is the NC Water Rights Committee - REALLY?

Central Park NC (formerly Yadkin-Pee Dee Lakes Project)

  • $400,000 loan from Bank of Stanly.
  • $20,000 donaton from Uwharrie Capital Corp in 2004
  • $20,000 donation from Bank of Stanly in 2008
  • $15,000 donation from Stanly County in 2008
  • $83,045 donaton from NC Department of Commerce in 2008
  • $40,000 donation from Uwharrie Capital Corp in 2010
  • $20,000 donation from URRC in 2012

           * information on Central Park donors is not available for 2006, 2007, and 2011

Keith Crisco was a Central Park NC Board member and Officer before becoming Commerce Secretary.  Roger Dick is a long-time Board member and current Vice Chairman.

Central Park NC has emerged as the leading speaker for a State takeover of the Yadkin Project.  Central Park NC paid for an opinion poll, a professionally-produced video, and sponsors the website River of Opportunity.

Yadkin Riverkeeper

  • $15,851 donation from Uwharrie Capital Corp in 2009.*
  • $15,000 donation from Raleigh City Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane in 2009.*  McFarlane also paid for a legislative luncheon for Erin Brockovich during Brockovich's trip to NC sponsored by the Yadkin Riverkeeper, and was a past President of the NC Water Rights Committee, formed by Roger Dick.

           * 2009 is the only year for which information on donors to Yadkin Riverkeeper is known.

Zoe Hanes, the former President of the Yadkin Riverkeeper Board serves as a Commissoner on the URRC. 

Roger Dick's brother Jimmie serves on the Yadkin Riverkeeper Board.  Both Roger and Jimmie Dick have been featured in Yadkin Riverkeeper videos and news articles.

The Yadkin Riverkeeper's primary activity has been to attack Alcoa and support a takeover of the Yadkin Project by the State.

Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission (URRC)

  • $10,000 donation from Uwharrie Capital Corp. in 2011
  • donated $20,000 to Central Park NC

Roger Dick, Keith Crisco, and Zoe Hanes (Yadkin Riverkeeper) serve as Commissioners on the URRC.

see also Big Bad Government no matter how you look at it

Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco

First President of NC Water Rights Committee, formed by Roger Dick.

Former Board member and Officer of Central Park NC.

Serves on URRC.

Raleigh Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane

  • Contributed $15,000 to Yadkin Riverkeeper in 2009.
  • Paid for a legislative luncheon for Erin Brockovich during Brockovich's trip to NC sponsored by the Yadkin Riverkeeper.

Former President NC Water Rights committee, formed by Roger Dick.

Stanly County Board of Commission

 

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Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on April 16, 2012 at 8:25pm

Just follow the money trail, and you'll see the pure, unmitigated GREED behind the "Alcoa Is Evil" enterprise.  LOL!  Who do they think they're fooling?

Comment by Whigkid on April 24, 2012 at 9:58am

What are your sources?

Comment by another David on April 24, 2012 at 4:04pm

Some information is from news articles and from the organizations' own websites.  Most of the donation information is from 990 tax forms on file with Guidestar and the N. C. Secretary of State.

Comment by Whigkid on April 27, 2012 at 12:48pm

Reminder:  Uwharrie Capital still owes $10 million in TARP money.

Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on April 29, 2012 at 5:55pm

You've really done your homework.  If Uwharrie Capital is still indebted to the feds, then maybe it is THEY who need to be taken over, and not Alcoa's hydroelectric dam system!

Comment by another David on May 15, 2012 at 7:07pm

UPDATE:  see also Who is the NC Water Rights Committee - REALLY?  Seems NC Water Rights Committee is not distinct from the Stanly County Commissioners after all.

You may remember that there was also a Yadkin River Alliance formed in mid-2010.  It seemed to again be another organization with the same people behind it.  It never has amounted to anything.

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