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Easley hearing readies for Day 2

Posted October 27, 2009

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— The State Board of Elections is scheduled to resume a hearing into the campaign finances of former Gov. Mike Easley Tuesday. The board is trying to determine if Easley or the state Democratic party broke campaign finance laws.

Monday's testimony, from Easley supporters and campaign staff, seemed to suggest the campaign benefited from donations to the state party and even that Easley paid for home repairs with campaign donations.

McQueen Campbell, a long-time Easley friend, told the board that he took the former governor on trips in his private plane, but was never reimbursed.

Campbell also testified that he arranged for more than $10,000 in repairs to Easley's Raleigh home. When he asked the governor for money, Campbell testified, Easley implied he should instead bill for the flights. Easley campaign secretary Rebecca McGhee backed up that claim, testifying that Easley told her to cut the check even though she questioned the invoices.

Attorney Tom Hicks vigorously denied Campbell's charge. "The governor did not authorize or advise him in any way whatsoever ... to file any kind of false or fraudulent invoices to the campaign. he did not do that. that did not happen," he said.

Almost 30 people have been subpoenaed to appear during the hearing, which the board estimated will take about a week.

WRAL News will provide live coverage daily beginning at 9:30 a.m., along with expert analysis, on WRAL.com, WRAL Mobile, over-the-air channel 50.3 and Time Warner Cable channel 252.


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  • 6079 SMITH W Oct 27, 2009

    "In NC anything's legal, as long as you don't get caught"....Tweeter and the monkeyman, part 2.

  • tealsatin Oct 27, 2009

    Now we have to tie 'Cannonsgate' (a D. McQueen Campbell property) to the Division of Water Quality... and the DMV dismissal of inspection violations to a garage owned by D. McQween Campbell.... favors? wow... the state probably paid to pave the roads to the front door...

  • UNCfuturealumi Oct 27, 2009

    You got it 'tealsatin'....Thanks for your comments..keep it up

  • WHEEL Oct 27, 2009

    Forget about the canpaign contribution mess, Easley's handling of his home repair water damage reinbursment amounts to insurance fraud and he should go to jail for it.

  • tealsatin Oct 27, 2009

    what's next? a 'mysterious' plane crash?... I'm expecting someone's going to disappear in this equation...

  • tealsatin Oct 27, 2009

    Campbell paid thousands out of his pocket;never reimbursed.... yet chosen to be a NCSU trustee by the govenor.... payback? and then Cabpbell the 'trustee' hires Mary Easley.... clear as a 'bell'.... duh?