Former Easley Aide Expected Before State Board Of Elections

A former aide to ex-North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley is expected before the State Board of Elections after he sought to halt the board's attempts to question him under oath.

Ruffin Poole is scheduled to appear before the elections board Thursday afternoon in Raleigh.

The board had wanted Poole to testify in October during a hearing into Easley's campaign finances, but Poole filed a motion seeking to quash his subpoena. A trial court judge agreed with Poole, but the state Court of Appeals issued a stay of that order.

The board already has ordered Easley's campaign committee to pay $100,000 for previously undisclosed campaign air travel and asked prosecutors to investigate further.

Poole now works at the same law firm as Easley.

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