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.