New NC campaign spending rule ends practice Berger used
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.
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.