Elections Board Sets Hearing On Easley Campaign

The North Carolina State Board of Elections will hold a public hearing to consider if former Gov. Mike Easley's campaign committee broke campaign finance laws.

Board director Gary Bartlett said Wednesday the panel would meet Oct. 26 to examine evidence about the Mike Easley Committee and the state Democratic Party.

Bartlett says the panel could reprimand the groups or clear them, issue fines or refer the cases to a district attorney for possible criminal charges.

Board staff has been investigating Easley campaign records since the campaign changed reports after failing to disclose the use of a car. The board also is examining if free airplane flights for Easley exceeded donation limits.

The Democratic Party in July forfeited more than $24,000 in contributions that had been reported earlier this decade.

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  • by Sidekick on Oct 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    It's all about the money and power.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 1, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    You got to be kidding, another democrat and the party charged with corruption, why, isn't this becoming the legacy? Sorry witn, you are going to have to make the most viewed and most commented sites bigger. We just cannot have enough party corruption to keep up with. Folks in NC, please get up to speed with what has and is going on in this state, its you civic duty to not vote corruption back in. I am a democrat voting straight republican next go round, I have no choice or this will continue in this state. Is only a matter of time when they expose Bev since she has to be in the middle of this, shes a democrat.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Sep 30, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Hold on just a second.... When was this discovered? This guy ran 5 years ago for office. How was this hidden for this long? How convenient that this comes out well past the elections. Forget about this story. The real story and the real crime is who knew this stuff and held it back so another democrat could take office. I tell ya folks the wheels of justice turn slowly. When it comes to NC democrats it barely turns at all. What a joke. You won't hear any republicans or independants laughing though. We'll laugh in 2012. I promise you.
  • by McArthur Park on Sep 30, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    It all depends on who can gain the most benefit among the demos as to whether or not anything comes of this investigation. If Bev and the demo honchos think that it will curry favor with the public and furthertheir "stature", then watch out for the feeding frenzy.

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