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Perdue paying more for plane use for politics

Posted January 13, 2012

— Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign has been paying more recently for flights on North Carolina state aircraft when she's attended political events as she seeks re-election this year.

Perdue's committee says its upcoming campaign finance report will show it reimbursed the state almost $49,000 for air travel 11 times since June.

Such reimbursements are common. State budget guidelines let elected officials use state planes or helicopters to attend political functions. The official's campaign committee is charged the hourly operating cost of the plane. State funds can pay only up to half of flight expenses when the trip includes government and political activity.

Previous campaign finance reports show Perdue's committee paid nearly $15,000 to the state for travel during her first 2½ years in office.

The State Board of Elections fined Perdue's campaign $30,000 in 2010 for tardy reporting of campaign flights aboard donors' private planes. Two political supporters have been charged with illegally paying for campaign flights.

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  • CrewMax Jan 13, 2012

    If you get caught stealing cable, you'll probably lose your free service.

  • gallbury Jan 13, 2012

    Of course she is, NOW. She is trying to posture herself for the upcoming election by trying to demonstrate the "not me" guilty clause that all politicians cling too whenever they get caught being a little too real with the public's tax money.

  • scnewton Jan 13, 2012

    she should WALK anytime she attends a political event.If she is a governor then I'm a jet pilot.

  • pbjbeach Jan 13, 2012

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY HERE IS BYE BYE BEV THIS COMING FROM A DEMOCRAT AN FORMER STATE EMPLOYEE.TAKING IN CONSIDERATION THE TREATMENT OF STATE EMPLOYE BY YOUR REPBULCIAN ADMINSTRATIONS YOU ARE DOOMED TO FAILURE IN 2012 AGAIN BYE BYE BEV

    THANK YOU

  • archangel44369 Jan 13, 2012

    "Now isn't that a face you can trust?"

    My thoughts exactly...Many politicians waste more money than a lot of teenagers combined.

  • msgtlen Jan 13, 2012

    Playing the devils advocate, I'm sure the state plane is equipped with more security options, so for campaign flights, she should the cost of the fuel, pilots etc, they should be disignated as
    such.....comments welcome...... we need to get the same for the President on his campaign flights and cost of security etc etc

  • dollibug Jan 13, 2012

    Bev....I think you are "wasting your TIME, MONEY AND EFFORTS"...time for you to MOVE ON.....

  • US VET Jan 13, 2012

    Now isn't that a face you can trust?

  • beachboater Jan 13, 2012

    Just in case someone missed it, there are several posters here that believe Ms. Perdue should not use state planes. I am one of those posters.

    Why should she have the advantage of having a pilot (and crew) and plane available at her beck and call whenever she wants it. Let her lease a private plane like the others.

    She could always sign an executive order that the governor needs to be in Charlotte for a photo shoot 15 minutes before a rally and get the state to pick up the tab for that.

  • ifcdirector Jan 13, 2012

    Sugar Pie is using the aircraft now to show a sudden interest in campaigning in disaster areas. What purpose does it serve for her to be flown over the scene of anything?

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