2010-06-02(1) - WRITTEN OPINIONS

2010-06-02(1). WRITTEN OPINIONS

GARY O. BARTLETT

Executive Director

MAILING ADDRESS:

P.O. BOX 27255

RALEIGH, NC 27611-7255

June 2, 2010

Senator Charlie W. Albertson

North Carolina State Senate

523 Legislative Office Building

300 North Salisbury Street

Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

RE: NOAA Award Ceremony, June 10, 2010

Dear Senator Albertson:

You have requested a written opinion pursuant to NC General Statute § 163-278.23 regarding the use of your campaign committee's funds to pay for your son's travel expenses to an award ceremony where you will be honored.

Your son's accompaniment to the June 10, 2010 awarding of the "Coastal Steward of the Year" honor from NOAA would be considered an expenditure arising out of holding public office. Thus it is allowable for the expenses to be paid using funds from your campaign committee pursuant to NC General Statute § 163-278.16B(2).

This opinion is based upon the facts as stated in your letter dated May 27,2010. If those facts should change, you should evaluate whether this opinion is still applicable and binding. In addition, changes in statutes and case law may affect this opinion and you should evaluate their applicability. This opinion will be filed with the Codifier of Rules to be published unedited in the North Carolina Register and the North Carolina Administrative Code.

Congratulations on your well-deserved award.

Sincerely,

@#16#@

Gary O. Bartlett

Executive Director

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