Governor Perdue's flights questioned again?

NC Governor Beverly Perdue (Steve Helber)

May 3, 2010 4:07:11 PM PDT
A lawyer for Governor Bev Perdue's campaign team is refusing to give investigators from the North Carolina Board of Elections information they have requested. Perdue's lawyer is claiming attorney-client privilege in not handing over the documents.It all has to do with flights Perdue took while running for governor -- flights she didn't report until after they showed up on an internal audit.

So far, it doesn't appear any laws have been broken.

The state Board of Elections has sent an e-mail to the lawyer overseeing the audit, John Wallace. In it they ask for all non-privileged records to help determine if flights were accurately reported, if their value was accurately calculated, why flights were reported late and whether they were counted as campaign contributions.

Wallace replied saying "the self disclosure that's been undertaken is both consistent with the spirit of the law and the requirements of the law," but he refused to turn over additional documents.

After claiming attorney-client privileges, he said in the same letter, "the materials that you have requested contain the product of my efforts, which are not subject to disclosure."

The materials are notebooks Wallace kept on each flight Perdue took.

"It would really be shocking if there were something they were trying not to provide that they ought to be providing and that would somehow come out after the fact," said Bob Phillips with the non-profit watchdog group Common Cause.

Phillips says it could be as simple as a lawyer not having to hand over his notes or not wanting to.

"I'm giving her and her folks the benefit of the doubt saying that I just cannot imagine that there is any big time smoke there," Phillips said.

Wallace has not returned calls from ABC11 for comment, but the state Board of Elections is hoping to meet with Wallace this week to verbally get more answers to their questions.

ABC11 has learned that the chairman of the Board of Elections does have subpoena power to get the records, but there is no word on whether he would use it.

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