- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A committee supporting a $2 billion bond on North Carolina’s primary ballot and Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign say formal complaints suggesting improper coordination between the committee, McCrory and a legislator should be dismissed.

Connect NC Committee lawyer Steven Long wrote elections officials Wednesday saying allegations last week by Progress North Carolina Action leader Gerrick Brenner originate from “baseless scenarios.” A Pat McCrory Committee attorney agreed in a separate response.

The lawyers say committee leaders followed State Board of Elections guidance when interviewing McCrory and Rep. Ken Goodman. Ads containing interview excerpts went to bond supporters.

The complaints propose McCrory and Goodman give up campaign money if they unlawfully collaborated with Connect NC.

McCrory attorney Jason Torchinsky says the board should rule candidate coordination can’t happen with a bond referendum advertisement.

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