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House speaker asks for Ethics Committee review of Harrell's campaign

Posted September 9, 2009

— North Carolina House Speaker Joe Hackney has asked a legislative ethics panel to examine "irregularities" in a colleague's campaign finance reports.

Hackney said Wednesday he wants the Legislative Ethics Committee to determine whether activities of state Rep. Ty Harrell, D-Wake, violate ethics rules, criminal law or both.

The State Board of Elections is also performing an audit of his campaign finances. State elections director Gary Bartlett said his office wants more information about expenditures identified in reports by the two-term House member.

Harrell didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment on Hackney's statement. He told WRAL News on Tuesday that his expenses were legitimate and that he was confident he would be cleared in an investigation.

State law requires campaign funds to be spent for limited purposes.


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  • TechRescue Sep 10, 2009

    All it means is that someone thinks that it's so bad that trying to explain it away would make our democratic overlords look even more stupid and corupt than they do already.

  • josephlawrence43 Sep 9, 2009

    Somebody please tell me that the "democratic leadership" is blowing smoke up our britches leg/. Have the Democrats turned on one of their own--and started a feeding frenzy?? Or are they trying to make an "example" of this man??