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Bash celebrates Perdue's birthday

Posted January 22, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— The North Carolina Democratic Party sponsored a celebration Thursday night in honor of new Gov. Beverly Perdue’s birthday.

The event has raised questions among political watchdogs.

The party at a private Raleigh home solicited donations from attendees ranging from $500 for a "friend" to $10,000 for a "host."

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Individuals are limited to $4,000 in contributions to political candidates annually, but political parties can accept unlimited amounts of money and can give unlimited amounts to candidates or elected officials.

Perdue's campaign finance reports show she and her husband, Bob Eaves, loaned her 2008 campaign more than $900,000 and that the loans are outstanding.

Alexandra Fetissoff, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Party, said the fundraiser is for the party, not Perdue. The invitation, however, told those wishing to attend to RSVP to Perdue's Web site.

“This party tonight is a party for the Democratic party. They’ve been very busy and have worked hard during a hard-fought election cycle,” Perdue told WRAL News before entering the party. “I want to help the party do what they need to do moving forward for the future of the state and the people.”

Perdue said the reason the RSVP was located at her Web site was because she loaned the party her fundraising team for the event.

“The Democratic Party was mighty good to me in the general election. I am part of the party, and I’m honored to loan my team to them,” Perdue said.

Kim Strach, deputy director of the State Board of Elections, which enforces campaign-finance regulations, said a political party cannot earmark donations for a candidate. However, it would be hard to prove a connection if the party were to give Perdue some money after the reception, she said.

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  • gotittogether Jan 23, 2009

    This just in....the state has now frozen it's tuition reimbursement program for it's employees! Those who were trying to get their education now can not! Thanks BEV! And to think, we all thought she was all about education!

  • pbjbeach Jan 23, 2009

    HOW ABOUT A CUP CAKE WITH A CANDLE STUCK IN IT . an then get back to work on fixing this state's government with some more of your coporate donors being put in to positions to help the contiuing screwed up state government with their mismangament of the taxpayer dolars thank you

  • pbjbeach Jan 23, 2009

    HPR641

    I personnaly fail to see any difference in the two . that goes for both political party's within this state . an the truth be known the both are in all likelyhood in cohoots between the lawyers & d.a.'s an the pol's. although they all think that the nc taxpayers are just to dumb or either just dont care enough about what is an has been taking place within state government when it comes to the spending of taxpayers funding for anything thank you

  • pbjbeach Jan 23, 2009

    If BEV WERE TRULY INSTRESTED IN RUNNING THE STATE GOVERNMENT AN IN BEING OPEN AN UP FRONT WITH THE TAXPAYERS OF NC WHY DOESNT SHE RID HERSELF OF THE LOBBYIST AN COPERATE DONTIONS. JUST AS OBAMA HAS SAID THAT HE WILL DO AN INSTUITE REAL POLITICAL CHANGE WITHIN STATE GOVERNMENT AN STOP ACCEPTING ANY COPORATE DONTIONS FROM ANY COMPANY'S LOBBYIST AN THAT WAY SHE WOULDN'T BE BEHOLDING TO ANYONE THUS ALLOWING THE GOVERNOR TO BE TRULY INDEPENDENT IN ANY OF HER DECISION MAKING WHILE IN OFFICE WITH GIVING HER DECSISIONS TRUELY INDEPENDENCE .THANK YOU

  • gotittogether Jan 23, 2009

    Maybe I'll host a huge birthday party for myself, charge my friends to attend and say it is a fundraiser for my daughter's college education! Or I could just use it to pay off my credit card debt since NC Governor's dont believe in paying their state employees much and certainly do not award them with even a cost of living raise. Poll: how long do you predict before Bev messes up NC worse than Easley?

  • didisaythat Jan 23, 2009

    Jolly, I am not sure why you think 12 of the people have no clue. It appears to me that most do have a clue. I admit some of the complaints are a little off, but I think the basis of the complaint is the same. The democratic party was campaining on change. They were using the phrases of Obama and how bad George and the republicans were. And look where we are so far. Same old thing just another politician. If George was so bad I think we would see dramatic change. But then when people realize that Congress is who makes policy and decisions in our Gov't and not the President and that Congress is majority Democrate (liberal) and has been for 2 years we may see some change. The same thing is happening in the State Gov't.

  • Salty Jan 23, 2009

    OUT OF 15 posts, it appears that 12 of you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about.

  • hpr641 Jan 23, 2009

    I wonder how many of the "hosts" felt they had little choice but to attend and make a "donation." You know, it keeps getting harder and harder to distinguish NC politicians from organized crime bosses.

  • Sidekick Jan 23, 2009

    Already the libs are hiding money claiming it for one purpose when it is really to pay off her loans to herself.

  • Unbroken Jan 23, 2009

    So first, people rant and rave about the country creeping towards socialism. When there are complaints about the disparity in wealth and income, conservatives are quick to defend capitalism and the "free" market. Now, when a person who has wealth decides how they wish to personally spend it... that as well becomes some sort of sin. Get a grip people. What's it going to be?

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