Easley Testifies 4-Plus Hours At Election Board

Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has completed his testimony before the State Board of Elections about his campaign's finances and relationship with political ally McQueen Campbell.

Easley testified for more than four hours Wednesday before being released by the board.

The former two-term Democratic governor contradicted testimony by Campbell, who said Easley suggested to him that he get reimbursed for repairs to Easley's home by filing invoices for airplane flights to the campaign. Campbell also was a pilot.

Easley testified he never said or inferred such a thing to Campbell. He also questioned the number and scope of flights he said Campbell piloted for him.

Board Chairman Larry Leake said Campbell may be recalled as a witness but no decision had been made.

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Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley says airplane invoices filed by a political ally to his campaign had nothing to do with defraying the cost of repairs on his Raleigh home.

Easley's testimony Wednesday before the State Board of Elections counters sworn comments ally McQueen Campbell made earlier this week.

Campbell testified Easley suggested he file invoices on airplane flights he gave to Easley to pay for home repairs Campbell took care of on the governor's home. Campbell testified two invoices were false.

But Easley said he never indicated Campbell should do that.

The governor testified he told Campbell in 2005 to file an invoice for the campaign to advance him money to pay for expected flights. That kind of pre-billing is apparently lawful.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Oct 29, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    This is a classic career politician. Lie, then deny and blame everyone else, even if the proof shows different. Why do these people suck the life out of our budget and are not held accountable at any level. They are not the king and queen, just elected politicians.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    TYPICAL OBAMITE Dont you just love em
  • by BEACHBUM3 Location: NAGS HEAD on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    after all is said an done in this case all that will come of it is that they will probably just slap his hands an tell him not to do it again. Just wait an see corruption begets corruption period enough said thank you
  • by Bozo Location: Gville on Oct 28, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    If Mike is found guilty of his obvious errant ways, the state authorities will simply slap his hand and dismiss the case. If they fine him, he simply will use someone else's money to pay for it. If they put him and his wife in jail where they both belong, they will . . . (That is not going to happen). If it was Bozo, I would already be in jail with a bond that I cannot afford. There is no sweet justice in this two-bit organization known to as NC "Demo-Rats".
  • by Andy Nonomus on Oct 28, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    But I didn't tell him not to either. It is all in what the person says or doesn't say. A good investigator will listen for the sutle differences in a person's remarks and see where they are full of it....................
  • by Steve Location: Rocky Mount on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    What's that I smell? It must be Easley's pants burning.
  • by Are You Kidding? on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Richard M. Nixon once said "I am not a crook". 'Nuff said.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Oct 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    His lips were moving, he was not telling the truth or maybe not just all the truth.
  • by rp Location: ahoskie on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    Man,If theres no shame in your game,politics is the way to go!You go in wealthy,come out wealthy'er!the state election board was oppointed by him,kinda like having your mom on the jury!sounds like its about the end of this story!Look at Bev,she'sjust getting back from a world tour on our money.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    I guess this is a case of which scumbag to do believe. I think they are all crooks and should all go to prison but I doubt we'll see that.
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