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Pat McCrory's campaign cleared in elections complaint

Pat McCrory's campaign did not violate campaign finance laws when it came to disclosing trips to the state by big GOP luminaries, a state investigation found.

Democrat Walter Dalton's campaign alleged that a flight taken by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley to a McCrory campaign event was not a corporate contribution. Donors Ralph and Linda Huff reimbursed the plan's owner for the flight, the State Board of Elections reported Thursday.

Another component of the complaint pertained to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's visit to the state and appearance at a McCrory campaign event. State election officials determined that the Republican Governors Association paid for Walker's flights to and from North Carolina because he was attending events separate from the McCrory campaign.

Walker's transportation once he arrived -- including to the McCrory event -- was provided by state law enforcement, as is customary for visiting governors, but it is not considered a contribution, the elections board determined.


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