Report: NC Campaign Flights Probe Hindered

The lead investigator on a probe of North Carolina gubernatorial campaign flights says she was told not to interview some witnesses tied to Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that State Board of Elections investigator Kim Strach says board chairman Larry Leake told her to finish without interviewing Perdue's longtime chief of staff and former campaign manager.

Strach says she wanted to ask Zach Ambrose about an unreported Perdue flight to Michigan and Ambrose's audit of campaign flights.

Strach says Leake told her there was not enough time to wait for Ambrose to return from vacation.

The report found both Democratic and Republican candidates had problems reporting private air flights. Elections director Gary Bartlett wrote no evidence showed campaigns tried to break the law.


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