Easley-Gate? Probe into campaign finances continues

Former Governor Mike Easley Under Investigation
Former Governor Mike Easley Under Investigation

Written by Zack Smith - email

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - The investigation into former Governor Mike Easley's campaign finances is starting to sound like Watergate.  A secret fund may have held thousands in illegal campaign donations.

The State Board of Elections is spending this week digging into Easley's campaign travel records.

The focus today was on a special Democratic Party campaign account for the Easley campaign.

Donors are limited in giving four-thousand dollars to candidates but can give unlimited amounts to the party.  And there's the rub.  If this special account, this secret fund, was dedicated solely to Easley campaign activities, that would be illegal.

Testimony continues tomorrow.