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NC elections board probes Pat McCrory campaign

Posted December 2, 2011

— A spokesman for likely Republican candidate for North Carolina governor Pat McCrory says the State Board of Elections has opened a new investigation of McCrory's campaign finances from his 2008 run.

McCrory campaign consultant Jack Hawke said the new probe appears to be addressing two complaints filed more than a year ago by the Democratic Party. In both cases, the board was looking for affidavits from McCrory donors.

Hawke called both complaints "frivolous" and said the Board of Elections had already determined neither complaint had merit.

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Hawke questioned the timing of the new probe, which comes the same week three people with close ties to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue were arrested on felony charges related to campaign finance violations. As governor, Perdue appoints the elections board, which has a Democratic majority.

Elections board chairman Larry Leake could not immediately be reached for comment. Leake is a Democrat.

Hawke said the McCrory campaign found out about the new inquiry when donors were questioned. The campaign is more than happy to cooperate with the Board of Elections, Hawke said. 

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  • SARCASTICLES Dec 5, 2011

    It's only "frivolous" to investigate a politician if he's a republican. ;)

  • westernwake1 Dec 5, 2011

    "It is pretty clear from the indictments of both Easley and Purdue staff that the elections board is not playing politics and is more than willing to go after democrats." - bill0

    The Election Board did not pursue the investigations of Purdue or Easley with any type of closure; the "investigation" was abandoned after a minimal amount of work. The Wake County prosecutor independently pursued the indictments; the Election Board has nothing to do with the criminal investigation or indictments. Nor did the Election Board provide any useful information to the DA.

  • bill0 Dec 5, 2011

    "The Democrats on the election board are trying to distract the public from Perdue's criminal campaign violations."

    I really wonder what leads people to think this type of nonsense. Seriously? This election board has been actively investigating Purdue and their work has led to the indictment of 3 of her staffers. In what universe does it make sense to say the same board is now trying to distract the public from the work they have been doing? Seriously! They are the ones who are bringing Purdue's violations into the spotlight in the first place.

    It is pretty clear from the indictments of both Easley and Purdue staff that the elections board is not playing politics and is more than willing to go after democrats.

  • driverkid3 Dec 2, 2011

    Bev learns really fast from the good old lib party in DC, doesn't she?obuma has given her his secrets on how to slime ball someone who opposes the system..

  • vraptor Dec 2, 2011

    Create a diversion to take the spot light off of you. This group should resign. Drop your investigation because of political reasons and then have indictments come down.

  • dws Dec 2, 2011

    lol, desperation move by the beasts of burden

  • gallbury Dec 2, 2011

    Comedian Lewis Black once said, "There is nothing scarier than democrats and republicians working together." As cliche' and cynical as it may sound, you can't trust any of them. Career politicans have worked the system and know their way around the legalities of slippery slopes. Lower echelon "chumps" will always take the fall for the "powerful people" just as in Perdue's case; McCroy will be no different, so.......the entire process is a big waste of taxpayer's money. This is not a system of justice and balances; it is a systen of moves and plays designated by whichever party controls the most, at the time in question.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 2, 2011

    The Democrats on the election board are trying to distract the public from Perdue's criminal campaign violations.

  • Tax Man Dec 2, 2011

    We should not allow any money to be spent on campaigns. Give each of them $500 from taxpayers and that is all that they should get. We have the Internet and the press should be giving equal time to all candidates, so why would we need any more wasted money? Have several public forums open to all candidates and prohibit any other funds from being used - and no free plane trips or free anything. Money just corrupts the system. A person with no wealth should be able to compete with a multimillionaire on an equal playing field. Just get the money out of the races.

  • cjo32 Dec 2, 2011

    DemoRATS must be nervous.They controlled this state for 100 years and their corruption/power is slipping.Lets fling mud.Trust me I lived in NY and no how the DemoRATS work.

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