No surprise here: Former Gov. Mike Easley’s campaign is out of money. The campaign’s report, filed yesterday, shows that the ex-governor emptied his account in 2009, leaving no money to pay the criminal fine issued by the State Board of Elections in October.

The account opened 2009 with $427,000 and ended the year with about four grand in cash and more than 100 large in debts, mostly to lawyers.

The News & Observer‘s Andy Curliss reports some members of the elections board predicted as much.

Easley may have been “a notorious tightwad,” but this is a bit much.