Poor Stephen LaRoque

His most recent annual salary was a measly $167,800, working in a corporation subsidized by the government? He pays $8 an hour for people to work in his yard.

Representative Stephen LaRoque. Slopping at the public trough?


PS Updated for gentility after a cooling off period. I wish this stuff didn't get to me.


I found his scam

If I understand this right....his business brokers loans to small businesses through USDA rural development programs.

If he was skimming $167K/year, sounds like the Laroque Management Group's non-profit status should be reviewed by the IRS.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

LaRoque appears to be nothing

Slamming government programs and taxes at very turn while milking the system for his own personal gain. Isn't his whole business model is dependent on government backing and grants?

I believe he paid himself

I believe he paid himself 197,000 in 2008. Now he thinks the pittance of EB I get is too much and should be TIED to a state budget

Most people in Lenoir County KNOW LaRoque is on the Gov Tit!

The Funny thing is they don't care. Stephen can do no Wrong and the Kinston Free Press loves him. Unless they run someone Famous or they find a dead body or Obama himself comes to Kinston and campaigns LaRoque is likely to hold on to that seat in 2012.

Anthony D. Hall,

Fighting for Truth, Justice, Freedom and the American Way!

Got to agree with Anthony.

Got to agree with Anthony. Laroque is pretty much in unless he does not run. The local Democratic Party is pretty much dead after supporting the non-Democrat in the last mayor's race which gave the victory to the Republican - first ever Republican mayor. The Republicans work harder in the district, period. That is the way it is.


LaRouque took an innocent email and turned it into a fight. He basically called this woman's bluff, who's only experience was as a medical billing person, and offered her $8 an hour to come to his house and lift and move large trees that have been cut down on his property. He said in his email that he couldn't get anyone to work on his property. She took up the challenge and spent an hour working doing basic yard work, weeding potted plants and the like, and then, after seeing that she accomplished that task, he set her out to pull out felled tress, knowing full well that she couldn't do that. He basically set her up to fail, so that he could advance his own agenda that people on Unemployment are lazy and don't want to work. However, in his defense, he did say that illegal aliens will work for $8/hr, and that's why he preferred them to work his grounds. Unfortunately, he couldn't find any illegal aliens to take up his offer. Further, he went on to say that the NAACP was a racist organization, because they didn't agree with him.

There is plenty of blame to go around in the GOP over the EB situation, but LaRoque is not helping the cause by abusing not only the system he voted for, but, for abusing workers that really need to work just to get some press time.

If I were close to his house, I would take his $8 an hour, but, I would keep reminding him every chance I got, that there are over 50,000 registered voters doing without because of his decisions. At the end of the day, he would pay me $80...and I would give it right back to him, telling him I am not a political pawn, and that money is lip service.

Is this personal for you?

I don't know LaRoque, and for all I do know, he may be a very nice person. Except for that part about hating government while profiting from it.

Jump Sinking Ship LaRoque!

LaRoque calls NAACP, state head "racist"* Story

Typical Reverse Orwellian Doublespeak Republicanism at work by LaRoque.. " Accuse your enemy what you are"

LaRoque just might be the first Political Rat in North Carolina history that jump back into a sinking ship with his motor mouth and the attention it is getting....

LaRoque's Government Assistance

Between 2000 and 2008, East Carolina Development Co Inc received $2,139,900 in federal government assistance:

Loans: $2,000,000
Grants: $139,900

2007 $40,000 Grant: Rural Business Enterprise Grants
2006 $750,000 Loan: Intermediary Relending Program
2001 $750,000 Loan: Intermediary Relending Program
2000 $500,000 Loan: Intermediary Relending Program
2000 $99,000 Grant: Rural Business Enterprise Grants

Source: FedSpending.org

But wait, there's more

LaRoque's related non-profit, Piedmont Development Company Inc has reported, in available IRS 990 forms, receiving $154,000 in various government grants:

2005 $37,500 Grants
2006 $40,000 Grants
2007 $76,500 Grants

Great research!

And pls keep it up - from the other side of the aisle

Well that certainly is lucrative

ECDC brokered $2.139 million over 9 years...and PDCI brokered $154,000 over 3 years..

I'm just curious how someone can broker about $120K in loans/grants in a given year (2007) and take home a salary of $167K.

We could give the benefit of the doubt and say that the totals of loans and grants above represent only a small fraction of what he actually brokered...

Or we can ask seriously what value he adds to the process to command such a high commission.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

I think he's more than a broker

My understanding is (and it might be wrong), the government loans him the money, and then he makes loans to others. And the money returns the same way; the (end) borrowers pay LaRoque monthly (or whatever) installments, and he in turn has to pay back the government.

So part of that $167,000 is probably income from earlier loans that are still being paid down.

Either way

LeRoy would be just another irrelevant asshole were it not for his ability to slop at the government trough. His entire financial existence and his election to the General Assembly is enabled by government programs.

Just the kind of scum Jesus threw out on the street, no?

Yeah, I'm pretty sure

Jesus would not be pleased with Stephen's behavior...


Can we find out which it is? Still that's pretty good haul from ALL the umbrellas and the fact that all employees and officiers are family or friends with a stake in the game.