Easley air travel records requested

May 15, 2009 

The state Board of Elections on Thursday requested all records of air travel held by the state Highway Patrol related to former Gov. Mike Easley.

The records were the subject of a report in Sunday's News & Observer that showed Easley took campaign flights that are apparently in violation of disclosure laws and contribution limits. The records of those flights had been kept secret for years by Easley, who said their disclosure would compromise his security.

Gov. Beverly Perdue ordered them to be released.

Easley, who now works at the McGuire Woods law firm, has not responded to requests for interviews. Neither has his campaign lawyer, John Wallace of Raleigh.

Elections officials have not yet opened an investigation. The board's executive director, Gary Bartlett, could not be reached Thursday.

Republicans have asked that a special prosecutor be appointed to look into the matter. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the office will not comment. [See Under the Dome, page 3B.]

Staff writer J. Andrew Curliss

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