Will New Ethics Law Be Enforced?

Under the law that went into place Monday, lobbyists aren't allowed to contribute directly to legislators' election campaigns. However, the law doesn't bar lobbyists from donating to political action committees, which can in turn funnel money to elected officials. Bob Hall of the Carrboro-based watchdog group Democracy North Carolina says lawmakers are undercutting the spirit of what the new law says. Leaders of the Committee to Elect Republican Women plans to continue its practice of soliciting money from lobbyists, which it has done since forming in 1999.