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NC elections panel reviewing commissioner's claims

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- State Board of Elections officials likely will use a less severe method to consider campaign finance accusations made by North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin against Republican challenger Mike Causey.

Elections director Gary Bartlett told The News & Observer of Raleigh this week the allegations against Causey likely will be resolved through administrative action. The board has held public hearings to investigate past allegations.

The Democratic incumbent Goodwin wrote to Bartlett last month alleging rules were violated when Causey failed to file campaign reports electronically and campaign ads ran in a trade magazine for auto body shops.

Causey wrote in response that no laws were violated knowingly and all expenditures were reported properly. But Causey added he failed to report a $1,000 in-kind contribution for the trade publication ads.

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