- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Board of Elections will meet later this month to decide whether an investigation of a longtime state senator’s campaign committee finances should be referred to prosecutors for potential charges.

The board announced Monday a June 17 meeting to evaluate the review of the committee of Republican Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Concord. Board members will determine whether there’s reason to believe the committee violated state campaign finance laws.

Board staff began looking at the Hartsell committee finances in early 2013 after campaign finance reports showed nearly $100,000 had been paid on at least 10 credit cards.

Hartsell joined the Senate in 1991. He’s co-chairman of a Senate judiciary committee.

Board spokesman Josh Lawson says the investigatory report has been given to board members but isn’t a public document.

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