Warning To Lobbyists: Don't Send Holiday Cards

A new state law has killed Christmas cards traditionally sent by lobbyists to many state officials.

North Carolina overhauled its ethics law last year to eliminate the perception that lobbyists influenced lawmakers and state officials. The law defines a gift as anything of monetary value given or received.

Staff at the state Ethics Commission have told lobbyists they can't send season's greetings to any of more than 4,000 people covered by the law in most cases.

That includes the governor, judges, state lawmakers, cabinet-level officials and appointees to commissions and boards.

One lobbyist says she has sent cards to officials for decades and see them as a courtesy and not undue influence.