It used to be that House Speaker Jim Black raised money for his fellow Democrats. Now, Black is taking money from his fellow House members, after spending nearly $1 million dollars in the past year on legal bills and his re-election campaign.
Black has had to fight allegations of wrongdoing by his campaign. He has also had to respond to federal subpoenas seeking information about the video poker industry that he once supported and passage of the lottery.
He is also facing a stiffer challenge for reelection than he's used to. The various issues have led some House Democrats to help.
Pasquotank Representative Bill Owens says he gave Black's campaign $2500.
Davidson Representative Hugh Holliman gave $4000 to the Black campaign, saying the party needs to get past Black's troubles and retain the seat.
Republican Hal Jordan is challenging Black, and he has made Black's ethics the crux of his campaign.