Perdue Blames Bad Economy For NC Endowment Setback

Beverly Perdue declared during her 2008 campaign she would form a panel to try set up an alternative way for people running for North Carolina governor to raise money.

The Democrat signed paperwork two days after getting sworn in as governor to create a task force to lay the groundwork for a private foundation. The foundation would offer money to future candidates who met outside fundraising limits and ran clean campaigns.

Perdue named a panel chairman, but the panel never met. She and Chairman Tom Lambeth said it was the wrong time to raise money from outside groups because of the Great Recession. Perdue could revive the idea if she gets re-elected.

Republican House Elections Committee Chairman David Lewis of Dunn said the foundation would do little to remove negativity from campaigning.

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