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Perdue campaign gives up questioned donation


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue's re-election campaign has surrendered a small donation after worries the money may have been loaned to a donor by a family member.

Perdue's campaign lawyer wrote to the State Board of Elections and enclosed a check for $500, equal to the Aug. 22 contribution. Campaign spokesman Marc Farinella says the governor's political committee was concerned the donor may have received a loan from his grandparent to pay for an event, and the campaign decided to give
up the money in an abundance of caution.

Farinella identified the donor as Jarrett Culbreth.

A Polk County woman on Monday identified her son as Culbreth and forwarded a request for comment to his grandfather.

State law bars someone from giving a political contribution in another person's name.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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What's the law

on one person giving funds to a relative so the relative can make a donation in their own name. Not a loan; a gift to be used as a campaign contribution.

Now that could open up a can of worms if it is illegal.

This sounds way too familiar...

Wasn't one of Sleazey Easley buddies, Rusty Carter nailed for it? Giving money to employees so that they could make political contributions that exceeded his legal maximum?

You know how politicians are

if it appeared to work for one, why would the predecessor not try it?

If the election board had the scrotal fortitude, they could look closely at just a few and hit paydirt. And they would not have to look that far.