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Raleigh councilwoman uses campaign cash for China trip

Posted September 29, 2009 3:25 p.m. EDT

— City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin is using campaign funds to go on a trip to China sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

Baldwin reported a nearly $1,800 charge on her campaign finance report to pay for the trip. A spokesman said the nine-day tour is a permissible campaign expense for a council member.

The chamber is taking about 300 people on sightseeing tours of China in October and November. Chamber President Harvey Schmitt said the trips will provide a better understanding of China's culture and economy.

City Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane is also going on the trip but didn't charge the expense to her campaign.