Perdue campaign gives up questioned donation

Posted September 26, 2011 12:58 p.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2011 1:37 p.m. EDT

— North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's re-election campaign has surrendered a small donation after worries the money may have been loaned to a donor by a family member.

Perdue's campaign lawyer wrote to the State Board of Elections and enclosed a check for $500, equal to the Aug. 22 contribution. Campaign spokesman Marc Farinella says the governor's political committee was concerned the donor may have received a loan from his grandparent to pay for an event, and the campaign decided to give up the money in an abundance of caution.

Farinella identified the donor as Jarrett Culbreth.

A Polk County woman on Monday identified her son as Culbreth and forwarded a request for comment to his grandfather.

State law bars someone from giving a political contribution in another person's name.

The case marks at least the third time that Perdue's campaign has given up questionable donations. In the other two cases, Wilmington businessman Rusty Carter and former state Sen. Fred Hobbs of Southern Pines were penalized for their illegal contributions.