The state treasurer's office says a top aide to Richard Moore used a relative's name to access a state computer to get public records from Moore's likely Democratic gubernatorial rival.
Moore's chief of staff says no laws were broken that she's aware of.
Disclosure came after Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue asked state auditors to investigate whether someone using a computer server linked to the State Treasurer's office had requested records to conduct political research against her.
Documents provided by Perdue's office show the requests indicated they came from someone named Cliff Bennett. Moore's office confirmed that Bennett is that relative.
But Moore's office says the requests actually came from Julie White, who's Moore's senior adviser and deputy campaign manager. Chief of staff Stacey Phipps says White used a private Email account on a state computer using one of her relatives' names.