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I’ve been quick to note lately that I supported Dennis Wicker in 2000.  I remember the arrogance of some – not all – of Mike Easley’s people after they won.
But I’ll say a word in their defense.
News flash: So does every campaign – Democratic and Republican.
Every campaign strives to maximize every dollar. Saving, say, a half-million dollars might give you a decisive advantage.
That’s why there are coordinated campaigns.
But you need a battery of lawyers. Because campaign finance laws are complex – and change every election.
It’s not clear – as I listen to Governor Easley testify – whether the Board of Elections thinks the Easley campaign crossed the line.
But a coordinated campaign is not illegal.
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# Chris
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 11:50 AM
Charging work on your house to your campaign is clearly illegal. As is not reporting donations of airplane trips. And is accepting donations larger than $4000 per person.

There's no doubt that the campaign did things that were legal, or that were, at least, arguable legal. But, that's not what happened here.
# dap916
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 6:31 PM
Is it just me or is there some kind of "thing" going on in our country that is somehow excusing democratic politicians when it comes to tax evasion and illegal tax activity? I mean let's see....Easley, Geithner, Daschle, Rangel...where do those "problems" stand by the way? Anyone know? Is it not "important" for the news media to report on? If I don't pay my taxes and make some "stupid mistakes" and such...will I be forgiven penalties and interest and such? What's up? Will I not be prosecuted because I'm a "good fella that did some good stuff for our community and country" and such?

We're seeing something I never thought I'd ever see in America. Forgiveness for politicians of illegal acts BECAUSE they're politicians.

Yes, some of it in past years is on the republican side...but it's currently so predominantly on the democratic side with little-to-no action being taken and V E R Y little being said about it in the mainstream media.
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