State Senate leader complaint focuses on house sale, payments

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A retired campaign reform group leader has lodged an ethics complaint alleging a powerful North Carolina state senator improperly benefited financially from the purchase and sale of a townhouse.

Senate leader Phil Berger's campaign called allegations filed Wednesday by Bob Hall before the Legislative Ethics Committee ``smears.'' 

The campaign said the transactions were pre-approved by state officials.

Hall already asked the State Board of Elections to investigate late last year.

The focus is upon a Raleigh house that Berger and his wife bought in 2016 and sold in December.

The home was sold to a lobbyist who is the son of one of Berger's former top lieutenants in the Senate.