Ex-Gov. Perdue Spends $1.2M From Campaign Fund

Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue has closed her campaign accounts, distributing the $1.2 million raised for her derailed re-election bid.

Campaign finance disclosure reports filed last week show nearly $800,000 went to the Democrat and her husband to repay loans made during her past political campaigns. Another $200,000 went to writers assisting Perdue with her autobiography and $120,000 went to charity.

None went to the cash-strapped North Carolina Democratic Party or her former political allies.

Perdue aggressively raised money for her 2012 re-election bid right up until she withdrew from the race that January as she faced dismal polling numbers and a criminal investigation involving some of her closest friends and aides. Republican Pat McCrory was elected governor the following November, heavily outspending Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.

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