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Checkmate Government Relations: strategic, influential, premier North Carolina lobbying, expertise in legislation, policy adv

 The following victories are a testament to Checkmate's effective advocacy, strategic guidance, and legislative expertise, demonstrating our capacity to navigate complex regulatory environments and mobilize support for ambitious projects. Our efforts have not only propelled our clients' objectives to the forefront of policy discussions but have also contributed to setting new standards of excellence across various sectors

  • Represented every major professional sports league, team, and facility in North Carolina (among others) to pass the first significant gaming legislation in nearly 20 years. Led a coalition of American Indian tribes, sports betting operators, teams, leagues, and facilitates to shepherd this monumental legislation to passage over four years.


  • Helped develop the North Carolina Airport Improvement Program that has appropriated over $300 million to North Carolina commercial service airports annually. This was the first significant commercial airport investment to date.

  • Successfully extended hunting opportunities — for the first time since the 1800s — to include Sunday waterfowl hunting and public land use.


  • Advised the North Carolina Speaker of the House on lowering personal income tax to lowest in the Southeast; lowering corporate income tax to the lowest in the nation; and exemption from sales tax on manufacturing and distribution facility equipment.


  • Passed a financing law for an investor client, authorizing a special assessment to reimburse private parties for costs incurred for critical infrastructure requirements — allowing the multimillion dollar project to proceed.


  • Advised the North Carolina Department of Revenue on largest expansion of sales tax for real property services.


  • Served as coalition fundraiser on more than 15 state ballot initiatives.


  • Represented Truist in a successful effort to update origination and late fees that had remained steady since 1991 and had kept Truist at a disadvantage to other banks chartered outside of North Carolina.


  • Represented the Triangle Sports Commission pro-bono. In 2022, the North Carolina legislature reserved $25,000,000 in funds to support a potential bid for the World University Games. North Carolina was selected to host the 2029 Summer World University Games and the state’s funding was an integral part in securing the games.

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