The best details in a campaign finance report are found in the expenses. Here's a few interesting nuggets:
--Pat McCrory spent about $500,000 since July, with a large portion paying consulting fees to political advisers and fundraisers. He also acquired a campaign vehicle.
--The campaign paid $15,842 to the Republican Governors Association to cover the cost of renting a private jet to fly Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana governor, to Charlotte for a Dec. 7 fundraiser. The campaign said it was a last minute arrangement. The event raised about $100,000, aides said. By comparison, the Christie fundraiser brought in about $275,000 and cost nothing. The New Jersey governor stopped on his way to a different RGA fundraiser in Florida and didn't charge the campaign.
-- Perdue spent more than $255,000 going to consultants and pollsters, far more than McCrory. She also paid about $46,000 to four different law firms for what is listed as “professional services.” (The campaign has yet to respond to questions seeking more details.)
--Perdue’s travel appears minimal since July. She reimbursed the state about $56,000, paying half the cost of her official state travel when the trip included a campaign event, per state law.
--One Perdue trip in particular cost thousands: on Sept. 30 Perdue flew on a state helicopter to tour areas damaged by Hurricane Irene a month earlier and then flew to a campaign fundraiser. Perdue aides say the fundraiser was scheduled before the trip to Hatteras Island was on the calendar. The trip, along with travel on three days in October, cost $22,143, records show.