Attorney: Ex-NC Governor Followed Ethics Rules

An attorney for former Gov. Mike Easley says his client followed rules about ethics disclosure despite a published report that found Easley didn't reveal that his monthly dues at a golf club were waived.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported on Sunday that the leaders of Old Chatham Golf Club waived the monthly membership dues while Easley was in office. That amounted to a $50,000 benefit over eight years that the newspaper reported was not disclosed.

The newspaper reported that Easley was asked in ethics disclosure forms to list gifts he had received that were valued at more than $200. He did not list any.

Lawyer Wade Byrd of Fayetteville says Easley had complied with the state's new ethics law, which took effect in 2007.

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