They lined up to provide money and favors for Easley's campaign. When he was elected, he rewarded many. They got access to the governor, were appointed to positions of power, found simpler ways through complicated bureaucracies.
Easley's big supporters included prominent business and political leaders from the Cape Fear region. State Sen. Tony Rand of Fayetteville. Businessmen Mac and McQueen Campbell. Fayetteville political figures Lyndo Tippett and George Tatum.
The allegations against the former governor center primarily on a questionable lease of a state-owned marina in Easley's hometown; the apparent below-market purchase of a lot in an upscale subdivision at the coast; free campaign air travel, cars and a country club membership; and a high-paying job created at N.C. State University for Easley's wife, Mary.
Monday, some of the allegations get a public airing. The State Board of Elections has scheduled a hearing on questions about Easley's campaign committee and the Democratic Party.