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GOP calls for probe of Perdue's campaign finances

Posted December 14, 2009

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— North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer on Monday called for a state probe of Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign  finances.

Perdue's campaign committee recently reported six flights aboard private aircraft as far back as 2004 on amended finance reports. Officials said the previously unreported flights were found as part of an audit of records following a switch to new software.

Five of the flights, totaling $1,703, were treated as in-kind contributions, and the campaign committee reimbursed a law firm for a 2006 flight valued at $475.

In July, Perdue's campaign committee reimbursed plane owners for 17 flights, totaling more than $18,700.

Fetzer said he wants the State Board of Elections to look at Perdue's flights aboard private aircraft during her campaigns, comparing them to flights taken by former Gov. Mike Easley.

"What Gov. Perdue has been doing since she's been governor – and even before she was governor – is exactly the same thing and involving some of the same people that Gov. Easley was investigated for," he said.

Following an October hearing into alleged campaign finance violations by Easley, the elections board ordered Easley's campaign to forfeit $60,000 for plane trips he took on private planes that were never noted on campaign finance reports. A $40,000 fine was levied against the campaign committee to pay for the cost of the state investigation into the matter.

The board also turned its findings over to prosecutors to determine whether Easley should face any criminal charges in the case. A decision is expected by February.

There was no immediate reaction from Perdue's office to Fetzer's request for an investigation. Last week, she said she thinks her campaign should be credited for reporting the flights and amending earlier campaign finance reports.

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  • BraveHeart Dec 15, 2009

    Dont yall be hatin her!!

  • beachboater Dec 14, 2009

    She was under Easley for years. What do you expect? She learned from her boss.

    Follow the leader.

  • prn13norm Dec 14, 2009

    Maybe the Liberal Democrats can convince her to run againist Burr in 2010. That way we can get rid of both another Liberal Democrat and another corrupt Democratic governor two years early.

  • dougalu Dec 14, 2009

    After Easely gets in trouble in February, they'll have to go after Purdue

  • canes017 Dec 14, 2009

    "Last week, she said she thinks her campaign should be credited for reporting the flights and amending earlier campaign finance reports."

    Oh yes, thats how it works.... so if a murderer on the loose turns himself in because he knows the cops are about to catch him, he should be commended for turning himself in once cornered and freed of all charges? Right.

  • blackdog Dec 14, 2009

    The GOP needs to find suitable candidates to run. Thinking they can win by hopeful attrition is not going to work.

  • bubbba Dec 14, 2009

    "NCSUDAN--- you do know that you can be charged with your libel comments at defaming Fetzer's character. AND SHAME ON YOU WRAL for letting his comments be printed on this blog....you too can be held accountable!"
    dogman1973
    What they heck have you been smokin? This is an internet blog and these are public figures. No one is gonna sue anybody for golo post.....duh..

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 14, 2009

    You knew it was coming. And I'm sure its justified. She's already come out and ADMITTED she wrongfully accepted free air transportation. Where there's smoke, there's fire!

  • heelrox Dec 14, 2009

    Why would anyone be suprised by this, she is just following to good ol boy network in Rawlee. What a joke she has become.

  • dogman1973 Dec 14, 2009

    NCSUDAN--- you do know that you can be charged with your libel comments at defaming Fetzer's character. AND SHAME ON YOU WRAL for letting his comments be printed on this blog....you too can be held accountable!

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