Raleigh, June 17, 2015. It was unanimous. After a lengthy probe into State Senator Fletcher Hartsell's (R-Cabarrus County) campaign finances, the State Board of Elections today decided to forward the case to prosecutors.
“I think we see a pattern here of opaque and circuitous disclosures,” said Board Chairman Josh Howard, a Republican. “It bothers me that those go on when the official seems to have generated significant personal debt and is also spending campaign money on what appears to be purely personal purposes.”
Hartsell used his campaign fund to pay himself more than $345,000 from 2000 to 2012, said Kim Westbrook Strach, the board’s executive director. Strach went on to say that from 2009 to 2012, Hartsell used his campaign account to pay more than $109,000 in credit card debts that were not associated with campaign expenses.
For complete story, see Raleigh News and Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article2481022...
Hartsell has been at the leading edge of the battle to have the State take over Alcoa's Yadkin Project - sponsoring legislation and pressuring state and federal agencies.