Cannon's opponent feels vindicated after arrest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Mecklenburg County is going to more closely monitor the campaign finance reports of all political candidates.
This is more of the fallout from the arrest last month of Mayor Patrick Cannon.
His opponent in the race for mayor, Edwin Peacock, had questioned some of the reports of campaign contributions submitted by Cannon that appeared to be missing some required information.
Campaign donors are required to list their names, address and employment information.
When he was arrested on political corruption charges, the FBI affidavit, which was made public, cites an instance where Cannon allegedly urged an FBI undercover operative who was posing as a real estate investor, to make a contribution to Cannon s campaign.
The County Board of Elections will now review the campaign forms and will notify a candidate in writing that there is missing information. The candidate will then have 30 days to correct the information or else the State Board of Elections will be notified.
The State Elections Board has the power to levy fines.
Peacock said he felt vindicated.
We feel vindicated because the transparency is being brought to a very questionable report by Mr. Cannon at the time, and the State Board of Elections law is meant to look and see where a candidate receives his money and where he spends his money, said Peacock.
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