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Perdue hires prominent defense attorneys

Posted February 4, 2011

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— With state and federal investigators examining her campaign spending, Gov. Beverly Perdue has hired two high-profile defense attorneys for legal advice.

Joe Cheshire said Friday that he and Wade Smith are representing Perdue, but he said he's confident she didn't do anything wrong.

"When the media began reporting that Gov. Perdue’s campaign committee was under investigation, she asked Wade Smith and me if we would be available to answer any questions she might have about that process," Cheshire said in a statement. "We do not believe that Gov. Perdue is the subject of any investigation, and we are confident that she has not done anything improper or illegal."

The State Board of Elections fined Perdue's campaign $30,000 last August for not reporting dozens of flights she took aboard donors' planes during the 2004 and 2008 elections until late 2009.

State and federal investigators then began looking at Perdue's campaign spending to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, who asked for the state investigation, reiterated Friday that he doesn't think the governor or any other elected official did anything wrong.

Perdue's campaign committee spent more than $140,000 in the last six months of 2010 to pay the law firm that defended the campaign in the elections board's investigation, according to a recent campaign report.

Cheshire also represented former Gov. Mike Easley in criminal investigations of his campaign finances. Easley pleaded guilty in November to signing a false campaign report.

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  • metroretro2003 Feb 8, 2011

    Bye bye Bev..........you are a terrible gov. Nip this one in the bud before she becomes another full blown Sleasley clone.

  • wmcmahon1 Feb 8, 2011

    Joe Cheshire: "we don't think Gov perdue is guilty of any wrongdoing". Joe, that's what you said about Ruffin Poole. Come on, man!!

  • mshood7 Feb 8, 2011

    $$$$$$$$ Yu don't hire the best of the best for Nuttin' oh my!

  • whatelseisnew Feb 8, 2011

    The pols make sure they have lots of layers between them and crimes.

  • Bronco Feb 8, 2011

    The Lawyers will keep this case going for a long time to get "them" billable hours..

  • unc70 Feb 4, 2011

    Not from your taxes, from funds donated to her campaign.

  • FreeReason Feb 4, 2011

    "... but why the need for a very high dollar criminal attorney unless you did something very bad."

    In today's society, anyone who does not consider hiring an attorney would be a fool. You only need to look on this board most any day to see the most important reason of all "guilty until proven innocent"

    'nuff said!

  • jdupree Feb 4, 2011

    Don't think taxpayer dollars will pay for this, but why the need for a very high dollar criminal attorney unless you did something very bad. Same Attorney Easley used. Birds of a feather, I guess!

  • Alex25 Feb 4, 2011

    Is any of the UNC-CH football NCAA investigation part of the problem here...............have to wonder...

  • packersfan4life Feb 4, 2011

    What a great way to spend the taxpayer's money!