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What we asked: Campaign finance reports for two candidates for the Brunswick County Board of Education.
What the law says: “All candidates in political campaigns must file campaign finance reports with the state board of elections, and they are public records.” N.C. General Statute 163-278.9, 163-278.22(4).
How they did: Information requested for the first candidate was immediately furnished for 10 cents per copy. The second candidate had not yet filed a campaign finance report so it was unavailable. The employee explained the candidate had 10 days after the filing deadline to do so. The employee did not ask why the information was sought.
What they said: “We’re constantly attending conferences, and every election cycle we attend a conference presented by N.C. State Board of Elections in which these issues are addressed on a regular basis,” board of elections director Greg Bellamy said.
“You just come to know that this is a public office, and everything is open to the public,” he said, adding all employees are trained in N.C. Public Records Law.