Notes according to Dave Horne’s Testimony (cont)
Mr. Cordle, a State Board of Elections member (Democrat) sounded more like Mr. Horne’s defense lawyer offering excuses than a member of the Board investigating serious campaign violations when he empahtically made it clear that while Horne was treasurer for Mike Easley’s campaign since 1993 he was only a volunteer and at the same time a full-time lawyer. He also asked Horne as to whether the Republican Party raised money the same way.
The questioning by the Board ended after discussing several memos from the Easley Campaign Manager in the 2000 campaign to Dave Horne. These memos discussed fundraising efforts with and without the NC Democratic Party. Horne does not remember reading these memos. Horne does not remember being aware that the campaign was redirecting contributions to the Democratic Party. Horne also doesn’t remember well the flight he was on with then Attorney General Easley, piloted by McQueen Campbell. Again, it appeared that Board member, Robert Cordle came to Mr. Horne’s defense after Horne was questioned by another member of the Board, Mr Winfree (Republican).
Horne again distanced himself from the campaign – he stated that he was part of the committee, not so much the campaign.
Horne said that Easley only participated in campaign events as necessary and fundraising was not a favorite thing for him.