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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The State Board of Elections wants more information about a gas giveaway event over the weekend sponsored by a Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives. Will Breazeale offered up to $20 worth of gas for anyone who agreed to volunteer for his campaign in the final days before Election Day, but we found not everyone was really volunteering.

We sent WWAY reporter Ramon Herrera through the line at the Exxon in front of Independence Mall in Wilmington Saturday morning. Ramon told campaign workers and Breazeale that he had no time to volunteer, but would take a bumper sticker and yard signs. Ramon made no promise to volunteer for the campaign, yet he got the gas.

Before and after the event, we talked with Don Wright, the SBOE general counsel. He said would take the information we shared to his superiors.

Monday we asked Breazeale about the Saturday event. After our interview, he called our newsroom to say his campaign had talked to a compliance officer at the State Board of Elections, who said the giveaway was legal.

Late Monday afternoon, we talked with State Elections Director Gary Bartlett. He said he did not know anything about a conversation between his staff and the Breazeale campaign, but he said he was aware of the event from Wright. When asked if putting a bumper sticker on your car was volunteering, Bartlett would only say it is an expression of free speech.

Bartlett said while nothing wrong may have happened, he wants to get all the information to be sure.

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8 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: State Board of Elections wants info on Breazeale gas giveaway"

2015 years 10 months ago

Sooo..if the democrats had done this same thing this comment thread would be overloaded with republicans calling out democrats..be real..this was a subtle way in assuring you vote for the guy that put gas in your tank!! LOL..and yet you defend it!!

Just Me
2015 years 10 months ago

You took the yard signs and a bumper sticker so that would give the impression of volunteering. You bubble-headed bleach blonde reporters better start doing your jobs properly.

2015 years 10 months ago

Oh honestly who really cares!!! There is more important things to put in the news.

2015 years 10 months ago

you can be sure the goomba news director is for one of the candidates in this race..but if it was the general election and this was Will vs. Luetze..this would never have made the news…what crap.

2015 years 10 months ago

At least he’s giving away his own money. McIntyre loves to go flashing those big checks around and buy votes with our money.

2015 years 10 months ago

This article is very biased and shallow. If a candidate chooses to use their own money to hire workers in their campaign, it should not be an issue.

2015 years 10 months ago

I frankly thought that buying people gas had the appearance of a thinly veiled vote purchase!

2015 years 10 months ago

This is a perfect example of attempting to buy votes.

The fact that people don’t seem to be bothered by this is embarassing.


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