GOP calling out Perdue for third time

February 17, 2010 8:42:25 PM PST
There is more political wrangling in Raleigh as more accusations of campaign finance irregularities were leveled at Governor Perdue by state Republicans Wednesday.For the third time, the head of the state GOP Tom Fetzer called on the state Board of Elections to investigate the governor and her campaign.

"In total, there now have been 31 flights that the Purdue campaign acknowledged it failed to report, 70 percent of which were on corp. aircraft," he said. "Unpaid corp. aircraft travel would be considered to be a corp. contribution and illegal under North Carolina law.

The allegations go back two years to when then Lt. Governor Perdue was campaigning.

This time, with her name at the top of the ticket, she has admitted to taking flights on corporate jets and not reporting them at the time, as required and has blamed it on computer software glitches.

The Board of Elections confirmed to ABC11 Eyewitness News it is following up on Fetzer's complaint and is investigating.

But Perdue, again boasting transparency, says there's nothing more to find.

"This stuff they have been talking about for six months, this is old news," Perdue said. "I myself did an audit of my campaign; I paid people money to audit my campaign. I want to be sure that every, I is dotted and every T is crossed and I have been doing that relentlessly for more than a year, so what he did today is just so way after the fact is crazy."

Fetzer also suggested a former campaign fundraiser for Mike Easley, may have also raised money for Purdue, under the guise of raising money for the Democratic Party.

"I ask a lot of people to raise money, that's not against the law, but I did not ask anybody to do anything illegal, nobody should do that, it's wrong," Perdue said.

The executive director of the Board of Elections told ABC11 Wednesday that they're looking into flights taken by all candidates in the 2004 and 2008 elections.

He wouldn't say more, but suggests the governor may not be the only one who didn't report some flights.

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