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Advocacy Group Challenges State Requirement For Attorneys

A conservative legal advocacy group is challenging a state requirement that all attorneys pay $50 to support the state's public funding of campaigns for appeals court judges.

The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law said it sued
in a Wake County court on behalf of three Charlotte-area public
defenders.

State lawmakers ordered attorneys to pay the annual "judicial
surcharge" so that money is available for candidates running for
the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Candidates who agree
to fundraising restrictions leading up to the primary receive
public funds to run their general election campaigns.

A similar lawsuit in federal court challenging the public
financing was dismissed earlier this year, but the judge said it
was a matter that should be considered in state court.


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