State Elections Board Settles Probe Into WNC Legislator

Nov 28, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina legislator's political committee will pay $4,500 while ending a campaign finance investigation stemming from a complaint filed by a Democratic activist against the Republican senator.

The state elections board voted unanimously Tuesday to accept the agreement offered by the campaign committee of four-term Sen. Ralph Hise of Mitchell County. The committee must give up $500 and reimburse the board $4,000 for investigation expenses.

Greg Flynn of Raleigh filed a complaint last year alleging Hise received $10,000 more from the committee than he had loaned it over the years. Flynn later alleged Hise's committee failed to report some PAC receipts.

The settlement order says Hise's committee amended campaign reports in connection with the board's investigation and audits.

Hise leads the Senate's redistricting and elections committees.