New NC campaign spending rule ends practice Berger used

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators can no longer spend campaign committee dollars toward buying or renting homes or condos that they or family members own.

It’s a practice that state Senate leader Phil Berger used for years.  An administrative rule from the State Board of Elections that took effect this month bars such transactions.

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The changes come months after a retired campaign reform group leader first filed a complaint questioning Berger’s real estate activity.

Berger’s campaign had received the OK from a previous elections board director to use campaign dollars for housing. The former campaign reform activist also filed an ethics complaint against Berger on Tuesday.