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SBI opens probe of Perdue campaign flights

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By MIKE BAKER
Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign flights.

SBI spokeswoman Noelle Talley said Friday that the bureau's professional standards division began the investigation at the request of Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby.

Willoughby said he made a request last week to investigate payment of air travel for the campaign. He said he felt there were unanswered questions after a State Board of Elections hearing review.

The elections board fined Perdue's campaign $30,000 last month for failing to report more than 40 private flights. A majority on the panel found no deliberate effort to break the law.

Perdue campaign spokesman Marc Farinella said they expect the SBI will find that nobody did anything intentionally wrong.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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What!?

"A majority on the panel found no deliberate effort to break the law." Oh so that's a legal defense!? Well officer I wasn't deliberately trying to break the law, I just need $50,000 from the bank. For what? Oh, I really wanted a new Corvette. Was the money mine? Well, no... Defense lawyers rejoice!

What a crock. Politicians protecting politicians. I wonder what this will cost us in favors to repay the committee members for their "sound" judgment.

I mean her and her administration in the best case scenario can't even keep track of her private jet flights. What a shock it is that the state budget is in shambles.

Perhaps they can

expand the investigation into some of those big donations which went to her campaign as well as the campaigns for Marc Basnight, Julia Boseman and others.

It is extremely challenging for anyone to think large sums of money, even if from different checking accounts, could come into a campaign committee's check book and the candidate would not know the ultimate source.

Donations are not made because someone has disposable income and wants nothing in return.

Too many appointments get made to cushy, high paying positions which give the job recipient payback for his or her donations.