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.

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