A political ally of former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has testified he provided dozens of unreported campaign-related flights to Easley valued at nearly $88,000.
McQueen Campbell was the first witness before the State Board of Elections on Monday as it began examining Easley's campaign committee and the Democratic Party.
Campbell also testified Easley asked him to pay for about $11,000 in repairs at the governor's home in Raleigh that he rented to someone else while living in the Executive Mansion. Campbell testified Easley suggested Campbell would be reimbursed with campaign funds and to use some unreported flights to pay them.
The unreported flights and repair payments appear to be campaign finance law violations.
Easley's attorney suggested Easley had little role in his campaign finances.