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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