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Sen. Hartsell 'anxious' to defend against allegations of using campaign money for personal use


RALEIGH, North Carolina — A North Carolina senator says he's looking forward to defending himself after investigators say he spent campaign donations from political supporters on haircuts, credit card debt and antique cars.

Republican state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Cabarrus County said Thursday he's anxious for a forum where he can respond to the evidence against him.

The Republican-led State Elections Board voted unanimously Wednesday to share a two-year investigation's findings with state and federal prosecutors. Hartsell complains he never was allowed to review the 700-page investigative report described by state elections director Kim Strach.

Hartsell says he believed he met campaign finance laws during the 2009-2012 period covered by the probe. The senator says he was devoted to heavy legislative duties and adds he's allowed to use campaign funds for costs he incurred.

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