Months after deciding not to seek another term, Perdue refunded $243,000 in campaign contributions. About $100,000 soon found its way to Dalton’s campaign, disclosure reports show.
About 15 of the 50 donors received the contribution and wrote a check to Dalton within a couple weeks. Now the timing is the subject of a campaign finance complaint filed by the N.C. Republican Party that alleges the transfers amount to an excess contribution from the Perdue campaign to Dalton.
The party’s filing last week came days after Dalton’s camp sent a complaint to the state Board of Elections about McCrory’s accounting of campaign flights. Marc Farinella, a spokesman for Perdue’s committee, rejected the GOP charge. “Oh please,” Farinella said. “These guys like to make up conspiracies.”
“The committee gave refunds to every donor who requested it by Oct. 20, the close of the last reporting period,” he continued. “We never urged anyone to ask for a refund. And we never suggested to anyone what they should do with their refund. If people wanted to use it to support another candidate, it’s up to them.”
A Dalton spokesman suggested it was retribution for the McCrory complaint, calling it “an extremely weak attempt at distracting from the legitimate charge they accepted an illegal corporate contribution.”
“All one needs to do,” added spokesman Schorr Johnson, “is look at Perdue campaign accounts and know there was obviously no effort whatsoever to funnel her money to the Dalton campaign.” As with the McCrory complaint, the State Board of Elections won’t consider this matter until after the election.