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GOP campaign finance complaint against Dalton, Perdue dismissed

State officials dismissed a Republican campaign finance complaint filed days before the November election that alleged illegal collusion between Democrats Walter Dalton and Bev Perdue.

The state Republican Party said it identified 65 donors who received refunds from Perdue's campaign committee who later made contributions to Dalton, the Democratic candidate for governor. But in a letter dated Tuesday, the State Board of Elections said all 65 donations identified as suspect were legitimate.

"Our office found no campaign finance violations ... for these contributions and as such this matter is considered resolved," the letter states.

D’oh-me: The not-so top 5 moments from Dome in 2012

The political year included its share of odd stories and not-so-flattering headlines. Here's a look at the top 5:

1. @GovBevPerdue makes a splash: A Twitter parody account for Gov. Bev Perdue (real handle: @ncgovoffice) caught a number of national media outlets looking silly. MSNBC and Huffington Post were among those fooled by the account that has steadily mocked all things Perdue. The account is labeled as the “first female governor of North Carolina, and probably the last.” The background image, and often point of discussion, is Bojangles’ Bo-Berry Biscuits. Nonetheless, HuffPo in May quoted the faux Perdue as apologizing to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for a quip the real governor made after the state approved an amendment banning marriage between same-sex couples. During the Democratic National Convention, MSNBC was caught sleeping when they aired some of the fake Tweets on live TV.

Gov. Perdue begins to prepare for her exit

Gov. Bev Perdue isn't wasting time preparing for her exit. Her office sent a memo to her two potential successors -- Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory -- this week saying she is beginning to prepare for the transition of power.

The governor directed her cabinet agencies to prepare a memo that outlines the agency structure, staff, budgets, programs and serves and boards and commissions. The deadline: Nov. 7 -- the day after the election.

"My goal is to assist the governor-elect in a smooth and orderly transition to better serve the people of North Carolina," she wrote.

Gov. Perdue touts Obama's chances in North Carolina

Gov. Bev Perdue defended North Carolina's economy and touted the Obama campaign's organizing efforts in the state as concerns about the two drag on the president's re-election effort here.

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley on Sunday morning, Perdue sought to reach above the partisan fray. "Folks want people to come together and solve problems," she said.

Perdue appeared with Democratic colleagues Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. When asked if President Barack Obama's message is "stick with me" given the economic situation, Perdue said no. "It is go forward. It's not stick with me," she asserted.

Gov. Perdue is the hostess-in-chief, state Democratic chairman on the sidelines

Gov. Bev Perdue will play hostess in chief this week with the world look at North Carolina amid the Democratic convention. Her tentative schedule four national cable news interviews starting with CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday live from Charlotte at 9 a.m. 

On Monday, after rehearsing for her opening remarks on the convention's first day, Perdue is tentatively scheduled to appear on MSNBC for separate interviews with Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews. And later in the week she will appear on MSNBC again for an interview with Chuck Todd.

But one major N.C. Democratic face you won't see on TV: state party Chairman David Parker, officials said. (The less he's seen the better, some Democrats privately say.) 

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