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Perdue campaign surrenders questionable employee donations

Posted March 19, 2010

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— Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign on Friday surrendered $48,000 in donations from her 2008 gubernatorial campaign to state elections officials, saying they believe the donations were illegal.

Campaign treasurer Oscar Harris said in a letter to the State Board of Elections that campaign officials believe Atlantic Corp., a Wilmington-based packaging company, reimbursed employees for the donations.

"While we are unable to make a firm factual determination that this was the case, we have chosen to divest ourselves of these funds in order to address our concerns and doubts," Harris wrote.

Companies are prohibited from donating to political candidates, and individuals cannot give more than $4,000 to a particular candidate in a single election. The questionable donations came from 12 people, who each gave the maximum allowable amount to the Perdue campaign, according to Harris' letter.

In recent months, Perdue's campaign also has reported to elections officials 31 campaign flights aboard donors' planes between 2000 and 2006 that had never been reported previously. The value of the flights totaled more than $25,000, and some were listed on amended campaign finance reports as in-kind contributions, while the campaign reimbursed other donors for the flights they provided.

Elections officials are looking at Perdue's campaign to determine whether any violations occurred, and they have asked all gubernatorial candidates from 2004 and 2008 to review their records for any unreported campaign flights.

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  • Cristoforo Mar 22, 2010

    ...Cronyism at its finest!

  • wildcat Mar 22, 2010

    There will be more stories about Purdue that will hit the newsstand before fall. Stay tune.

  • wildcat Mar 22, 2010

    Purdue knew it was illegal when she received it. We need a new governor. She do not know what she is doing. NC has a bad job situation and Purdue is doing nothing about it. She has not pardon Mr. Taylor, either.

  • piknowles4 Mar 22, 2010

    Hey Bev, better see what Joe Cheshire's up to.

  • samiam1244 Mar 22, 2010

    Well, well, well Is there any decent honest person that can be trusted to govern our states anywhere. It just amazes me. it's every man for himself. money and power rules the kingdom and there's no room for the little man.

  • beachlvr0804 Mar 22, 2010

    Wow....should there be any surprise that this stuff keeps "coming out?" Surely, there will be more to come from Ole' Bev's office.... She's running scared..

  • Tolip Mar 22, 2010

    Just wondering how many "instances" like these have to come to light before SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE in authority takes a sniff and says "THIS STINKS"? Oh that's rite, we here in Noth Calina!!

  • OrdinaryCitizen Mar 22, 2010

    "It will be be interesting to see who is uneducated enough to vote for her again."

    There is alot of dumb people all over. Remember when Marion Berry got reelected after getting out of jail for smoking crack.

  • ThatGuyAgain Mar 19, 2010

    The McCrory campaign summed it up pretty well after all - "Status Quo Bev." Same unprincipled sleaze, same good ole boy/girl network, just a different face for a few years before the next corrupt Democrat takes over the reins. The party patronage system in NC government worker employment, and the growing proportion of government workers and government dependents riding in the Democrat cart (vs. a declining number of taxpayer dummies pulling the cart) will ensure that.

    "Meet the new boss..." the song says. But as it happens, we did get fooled again. Unless you're a government worker or on the dole.

    People might want to look at Greece to see what happens in this environment after a while. Or, closer to home, California.

  • UNCfuturealumi Mar 19, 2010

    The Ruffin case has her feathers ruffled. She is now running scared and she should be. Getting those vacations in quickly, but I do believe she is losing ground every day.

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