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There is a simple – but drastic – step the legislature could take to prevent the kind of controversy swirling around North Carolina’s lottery: Ban fundraising (and even entertaining) by lobbyists.

South Carolina already does that. North Carolina now bans lobbyists from making campaign contributions during legislative sessions, but not between sessions.

North Carolina’s legislature passed a law this year that will require lobbyists to start reporting “good will” entertainment expenditures in 2007.

Why not go all the way and ban both contributions and entertainment?

Truth is, a lot of lobbyists would like a blanket prohibition. They privately complain about being hit up by legislators for contributions and fundraising help. But they’re in a position where it’s hard to say no.

In effect, lobbyists become unpaid fundraisers for the politicians. That’s bad government.

The amount of money spent in Raleigh on “good will” entertaining (that’s where, supposedly, no specific legislation is discussed) is enormous. So much that I expect this idea to be vehemently opposed by the city’s finer dining establishments.

Legislators could still have lunch, dinner or drinks with lobbyists. They would just have to pay their own way. They might end up eating and drinking less. That would be not only ethically, but also physically healthier.

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Gary Pearce
# Gary Pearce
Friday, March 31, 2006 10:43 AM
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As Peggy says, “this might be just the kick in the pants Boomhauer needs to snap him out of his Peter Pan lifestyle”.

Comment by Hank — November 3, 2005 @ 10:45 pm


What about the cozy relationship of the Governor’s main fundraiser - who is also a lobbyist?

How often do they communicate?

Let’s open up Governor Easley’s office to produce documents, emails and phone records. It’s time Mike Easley comes clean. What deals does his buddy get for raising all that money?

Comment by Abe — November 5, 2005 @ 5:00 pm


There is a simple – but drastic – step the legislature could take to prevent the kind of controversy swirling around North Carolina’s lottery: Ban fundraising (and even entertaining) by lobbyists. * antilottery supporter

Comment by Con — November 6, 2005 @ 4:20 pm


While the representatives of the ruling elite declare in chorus that society can no longer afford decent-paying jobs, pension and health benefits, the reality is that working people can no longer afford the depredations and plundering of the wealthy parasites at the top.

Comment by Beyond Treason — November 7, 2005 @ 5:42 am


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