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N.C. Democratic Party files campaign finance complaint against Mark Walker

The N.C. Democratic Party filed a federal elections complaint about Mark Walker’s Congressional campaign, saying the Republican failed to properly report the use of a campaign bus and a Cancun vacation property in its finance reports and received PAC contributions above the legal limit.

The Democrats say Walker underreported the fair market value of a campaign bus borrowed from Joseph “Jay” Whitt of Greensboro. Walker’s campaign finance forms list the in-kind contribution at a total value of $5,954.89, and the complaint says the bus was worth $250 per day for 400 days.

The six-page Federal Elections Commission complaint also says Walker held a raffle in 2013 in which the winner got to use a Cancun, Mexico, vacation property. It says his finance reports don’t disclose the gift or the donor.

The final allegation says that the Walker campaign received contributions from three PACs that exceeded the $5,000 maximum. The campaign recorded two $5,000 receipts from each group, but one is listed as “debt retirement.”

Walker spokesman Scott Luginbill said the campaign did nothing wrong. “In a desperate and losing attempt, the Fjeld campaign is grasping for anything it can manufacture,” he said. “Our campaign has paid all bills and properly filed all necessary paperwork. The complaint is baseless and frankly a little pathetic.”

The Democratic Party issued a news release about the complaint a few hours before Walker and Fjeld had their first debate in Raleigh. “We are just asking for the candidates and these outside organizations who come into our state to play by the rules and conduct transparent campaigns,” party director Casey Mann said in the release.