Perdue: Flights investigation won't find crime


The governor said Monday that staff on The Bev Perdue Committee will cooperate with the State Bureau of Investigation and Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, who initiated the review after the State Board of Elections fined the campaign $30,000 in August.

Willoughby told ABC11 Friday evening he was asking the SBI to investigate unreported flights by Perdue's election campaign.

"I have reviewed the State Board of Elections report. Based on information I saw, I thought there were some issues the board had not addressed. I've asked the SBI to look into payment for - and reporting of -airplane flights by Perdue Governor," said Willoughby.

In August, the State Board of Elections announced it decided to fine the Perdue campaign for 41 flights aboard campaign donors' planes during the 2004 and 2008 elections that weren't disclosed in campaign-finance reports until the past year.

The board called no witnesses to testify under oath, but decided the un-reported flights were an honest oversight, not intentional.

The Perdue campaign had said early on that flights had not been reported, because of a computer glitch and then sloppy accounting. But a board of elections report said people running Perdue's campaign had started accounting for flights back in 2005 and had a sophisticated spread sheet system by 2008.

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