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GOP has questions about Perdue's finances

Posted October 15, 2009

The North Carolina Republican Party asked the State Board of Elections to look into fundraising by the governor, a Democrat. Republican Party chair Tom Fetzer filed the complaint Thursday afternoon on behalf of himself and his party.

Perdue’s campaign amended reports to the board in August, adding contributions it failed to count during last year’s gubernatorial campaign.

“We proactively fixed the problems to assure that everything was reported properly and everything was paid for properly,” Perdue campaign spokesman Marc Farinella said.

Perdue GOP questions Perdue's finances

In the August report, the Perdue campaign came forward about 17 flights provided to then-candidate Perdue by private businesspeople. The campaign discovered the oversight as it balanced the books after a software glitch, Farinella said.

Fetzer senses something more. He asked the State Board to Elections investigate whether Perdue and her contributors knowingly skirted campaign finance laws.

North Carolina's ethics laws require the disclosure of gifts over $200. State elections laws also prevent corporations from donating to campaigns and limit individuals to $4,000 in contributions to a candidate in a single election. Candidates must pay for private flights or must report the value of the flight as a campaign contribution.

Perdue’s predecessor, Mike Easley, faces a hearing before the State Board of Elections beginning Oct. 26 for similar questionable campaign practices. A federal grand jury is also looking at Easley's dealings with friends and contributors while in office, including his use of private planes.

“If the state board is pursuing an investigation of Gov. Easley and not pursuing an investigation of Perdue on exactly the same behavior, then somebody needs to look into that,” Fetzer said.

“We're very comfortable in the way we've handled this,” Farinella said. “We think Fetzer is trying to make an issue where none exists.”

Fetzer's Democratic counterpart, Andrew Whalen, issued this statement on behalf of his party organization: "The partisan allegations made today by the Republican Party are completely without merit. They are nothing more than the same, tired political games we’ve come to expect from them."

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  • Adelinthe Oct 16, 2009

    Professor - CORRECTION!!!

    She claims to be trying to RETAIN jobs already in NC while trying to get us more here.

    What the Asians need us for, however, I'll never understand. Their people are better educated for most of the jobs she's scouting for.

    God bless.

    RB

  • oldfirehorse Oct 16, 2009

    "In the August report, the Perdue campaign came forward about 17 flights provided to then-candidate Perdue by private businesspeople. The campaign discovered the oversight as it balanced the books after a software glitch, Farinella said."

    Those pesky software glitches! Just happened to fail to account for SEVENTEEN flights provided by her fat cat business buddies. Hmmmpf....I sure don't know what all the hoopla is about. That certainly could happen to ANYBODY! If you don't believe it, just ask Mike Easley!

    (It would be funny if it weren't so tragic)

  • Professor Oct 16, 2009

    Purdue is on a around the world trip right now spending the tax payers money of NC. She claims she is trying to get jobs for NC. Please, I don't buy that, do you? We do need jobs in NC, I have to admit.

  • Professor Oct 16, 2009

    She should suffer the same fate as the Easleys have. Pay it all back Purdue and no excuses.

  • dougalu Oct 16, 2009

    Easly/Purdue....oh so corrupt!

  • superman Oct 16, 2009

    Software problem, I forgot, I didnt know, the dog ate it-- any of them will work.

  • G-man Oct 16, 2009

    The GOP leaders can offer nothing but complaints. It is not surprising, they are continually losing constituants. blackdog

    The Demo's have run this state for the past 100+ years. You can see where that has gotten us.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 16, 2009

    Tom Fetzer... miss that guy. Actually, Meeker makes me miss Fetzer even more.

    I'm sure Bev Purdue, or the chicken woman as someone called her, was heavily involved in the Easley scandals. Go get her.

  • whatusay Oct 16, 2009

    If someone provided me with "17" FREE flights during a campaign I believe I would remember it. These amendments were submitted "after" Perdue won. Would they have been submitted if she lost??? I think not. I submit that most politicians are corrupt and they can't help it, it's in their nature.

  • blackdog Oct 16, 2009

    The GOP leaders can offer nothing but complaints. It is not surprising, they are continually losing constituants.

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