It sounds like this will be the last day of hearings into the campaign finance. If this is true, there is a list of 29 subpoenas served (from the State Board of Election’s website), only 12 witnesses will appear and provide testimony. Yesterday, directly after Mike Easley testified, the Board appeared to be satisfied and announced that they were only going to call one more witness.
Scott Falmlen is testifying this morning. He is a political consultant and was Executive Director of the NC Democratic Party from October 1999 – April 2005. Falmlen had been the Executive Director of Florida’s Democratic Party.
According to Falmlen, the Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign concept is an effort to provide a service jointly to the whole ticket so that the individual would not have to duplicate the expense and efforts, he agrees with Leake that this is an effort to get voters to vote a straight ticket. Primarily related to GOTV efforts, he states that specific candidate messaging would be very difficult. Falmlen said that if a candidate didn’t meet their goals to the campaign – their names may be left off of campaign material.
He accepted the responsibility of reviewing contributions and making sure that they were permissible under the law.
Falmlen acknowledged that any checks that the Party received that could be attributed to the Governor’s efforts would be given a source code in order to track them. He stated that if an expenditure was made solely for the benefit of the Governor’s campaign an entrywould be made to the Governor’s fund to note that transaction also.