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Board Of Elections Refers Rodney Moore Campaign Finance Case To DA For Prosecution

Rodney Moore
North Carolina General Assembly

The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement Wednesday voted unanimously to refer a campaign finance inquiry involving Democratic State Rep. Rodney Moore to the Mecklenburg District Attorney, for possible criminal prosecution.

Moore, who represents northeast Charlotte, lost in the Democratic primary in May to Nasif Majeed.

The board recommended the DA consider charges against Moore and his former campaign treasurer Tammy Neal. The board said there was “clear and convincing” evidence that campaign money was used improperly.

The investigation looked at Moore’s campaign finance reports from 2010 to 2018. It found the committee to re-elect Moore didn’t disclose $36,605.83 worth of contributions as well as $95,753.41 worth of expenditures.

Of those undisclosed expenditures, investigators found the biggest single category was $24,676.63 of cash withdrawals. There were $15,564.96 of undisclosed expenses that are unknown.

During the audit, investigators said someone altered Moore’s bank records, and they concluded the committee attempted to obstruct the audit.

“Clearly, the public never had access to information about most of this committee’s transactions,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director in a statement. “This is a serious violation of the public trust.”

Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.