Election Reform in the Short Section, and other news
July 27, 2008
No major legislation on campaign finance reform was taken up during the legislative short session. The heavy lifting came last year with passage of the pilot program for three Council of State seats and approval for the town of Chapel Hill to experiment with public financing for it municipal elections.
Cooling Off - Lobbying and Ethics, and other news
June 8, 2008
Earlier this week, Boyce Hudson, a former official with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pled guilty to charges of extortion. Part of what Hudson received in payment as part of that extortion was a lucrative two year consulting contract with the company that was the target of his extortion and which benefited from his actions while he was at DENR . Hudson's behavior is extreme but it does help highlight two key problems in North Carolina government.
NC Judicial Public Financing Ruled Constitutional by Federal Court, and other news
May 4, 2008
Great news this past week for voter-owned elections in North Carolina. A challenge of our state's judicial public financing program was rejected by the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruling means that the program giving North Carolina statewide judicial candidates an alternative from having to raise campaing money from special interests is constitutional.