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More charges likely in probe of Perdue campaign flights

Posted September 22, 2011

— A state investigation into Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign finances is close to wrapping up, and Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Thursday that he expects it to result in more criminal charges.

The State Board of Elections fined the governor's campaign $30,000 a year ago for not reporting dozens of campaign flights aboard donors' planes during the 2004 and 2008 elections until late 2009.

Willoughby reviewed the information from the elections board's investigation and last fall asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the matter further to help him determine whether any criminal charges were warranted.

Gov. Beverly Perdue Probe of Perdue campaign flights nearing end

In February, a Wake County grand jury indicted Robert Lee Caldwell of Morganton, a Perdue political contributor, on one count of felony obstruction of justice.

The indictment alleged that Caldwell secretly paid for a plane to fly Perdue to a campaign stop and had another man report it as an in-kind donation.

Perdue has acknowledged that her campaign made mistakes reporting flights, but she has insisted that there was no criminal intent.

Willoughby said nothing has been brought up in the investigation to implicate Perdue or any other elected official in any wrongdoing.

He wouldn't signal who could be charged in the investigation or what the charges might be. Any felony charges would be run through a Wake County grand jury, but he said that probably wouldn't happen next week, when the grand jury next meets.

Perdue said last fall that federal investigators also were looking into her campaign finances. It's unclear whether that probe is ongoing.

“We have no information beyond what the district attorney has said today. We need to give him time to complete his investigation and, at that point, I’m sure he will make an announcement regarding whatever actions he decides to take," Perdue committee consultant Marc Farinella said in a statement. "The Perdue campaign committee remains committed to assisting his investigation in any way it can. Aside from that, there is little to say except that we are pleased that the district attorney has made the point that he found nothing to suggest that the governor has been involved in any type of wrongdoing.”

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  • gunny462 Sep 23, 4:15 p.m.

    LOL

  • harmstrong4 Sep 23, 3:19 p.m.

    poor Bev..she really believes she was elected by the people voting for her...NOT.. they voted straight party for BO..

  • Setnitst8 Sep 23, 2:49 p.m.

    She was a horrible mistake for NC, She has and will continue to do nothing for this state. Plus she looks like the joker and literally scares me to death.

  • jdupree Sep 23, 2:23 p.m.

    Of course no elected officials were involved, how could they when a state controlled SBI performed the investigation, I bet Perdue got daily reports!

  • GOBBLE2U Sep 23, 1:36 p.m.

    The "QUEEN Political Crook" who served as Easleys right hand man needs to get what is coming to her. She got away with DUI in 1994 and her "friend" became the colonel with HP. I wonder who will take the fall for all of this.

  • chevybelair57sd Sep 23, 1:07 p.m.

    Fat chance anybody will get charged, they will waste out tax dollars investigating only to show us they care, what a big con job.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 23, 12:54 p.m.

    Wonder who the Dem. are going to run for the governor office next election?

  • chevybelair57sd Sep 23, 12:53 p.m.

    this state will never prosecute any politician for any wrong doing as long as we let nontaxpaying people choose our officials, they will just spend our taxes anyway they choose.

  • pat7 Sep 23, 12:47 p.m.

    Wow once a rat always rat, cheaters never win, They may gain in short term but will always lose out in the long run

  • wildpig777 Sep 23, 12:27 p.m.

    colon willoughby aint the least be interested in prosecuting an nc politican.... tell you one more thang if the DUKE 3 -- remember the soccer team?-- were merely good ole boys from nc --- they'd still be jail........ saddens me as a native tarheel to see the mafia like corruption the politicans have sunk to...... lets see if this post makes it past the wral censors......

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