“While our citizens look to elected officials for leadership, a lobbyist & PAC fundraiser during the heat of budget negotiations raises serious ethical questions” said Tom Fetzer, Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. Fetzer went on to say “At the very least this creates the appearance of pay-to-play politics. Given recent revelations involving former Governor Mike Easley and many current Democrat members of Governor Perdue’s administration, a reasonable person could assume much worse.”
The ethics law, supported by then Lt. Governor Perdue and the current Democrat Legislative leaders including Senate Pro Tem Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney, barred lobbyists from contributing to the campaigns of candidates and strengthened prohibitions on fundraising during the legislative session. In spite of the restrictions, Governor Perdue and Legislative Democrats are skirting the law by soliciting donations from special interests during budget negotiations between the State House Democrats and State Senate Democrats.
“I join the call of North Carolina’s citizens who are fed up with Pay-to-Play politics and demand that the spirit of the Ethics Reform Law be respected and this fundraiser be cancelled” Fetzer added. “Furthermore, this loophole in the legislation needs to be closed, less our citizens be left to wonder if the liberal-led culture of corruption has not ended, but instead simply moved its’ operations from private dining clubs and IHOP restaurants to the Democrat Headquarters on Hillsborough Street.”