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Complaint Questions How State AG Pays For Legal Fees In Slander Lawsuit

Posted April 8, 2005

— A slander lawsuit against the state's attorney general has sparked another debate.

A complaint filed with the State Board of Elections asks Roy Cooper to explain how he has paid for his legal fees in a slander lawsuit against him.

Currently, political campaigns do not have to disclose legal costs if they are not paid for with campaign funds. The director of the State Board of Elections hopes lawmakers will consider changing the law.

Cooper's office sent WRAL a statement saying his campaign has complied with the law. If the legislature makes changes, they will abide by the changes.

The State Board of Elections expects to issue an opinion on the complaint against Cooper before the end of the month. The slander lawsuit continues to move forward in court.


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