Perdue's Campaign Gives Up $41,000 After Plea

Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign is giving up more than $41,000 in contributions that are linked to its chief fundraiser for the 2008 elections now that he's been convicted of a felony linked to campaign finance-related activities.

Perdue's campaign gave $32,000 to the State Board of Elections on Wednesday, when former finance director Peter Reichard entered a plea in a Raleigh courtroom. He accepted criminal responsibility for an alleged scheme in which he funneled a donor's money to pad a Perdue campaign worker's salary.

Perdue's campaign committee considers the $32,000 an unlawful benefit of which it was previously unaware.

Perdue campaign manager Fiona Conroy also said the campaign will make a donation to a food bank for $9,100 -- the amount of money Reichard gave to the campaign over the years.

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