NC Democrats Want Campaign Donation Law Changes

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue and Senate leader Marc Basnight believe people raising illegal campaign contributions should face felony charges instead of the current misdemeanors.

The two Democrats said on Wednesday they want tougher penalties for crimes like those involving a Wilmington businessman who gave them $148,000 in unlawful donations.

Multiple media outlets reported Basnight saying lawmakers will consider changes when they reconvene next week in Raleigh. Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson also said the governor will require donors to attest their contributions are lawful.

Rusty Carter was fined and sentenced to unsupervised probation on Tuesday. A prosecutor said Carter gave bonuses to employees with the understanding some of it would go to campaigns.

There's been no evidence Perdue and Basnight knew the donations were illegal when they received them.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    Although I am a very conservative type person, Marc Basnight still gets my vote. He has done way too much for Eastern North Carolina, especially the OBX, and he also made a few moves that helped my wife out in regards to her business. He is also good friends with her grandfather. It would be hard for me to vote against him. I hate seeing Marc Basnight and Hood Richardson go against each other for the same seat. Hood is real good with what he has been doing, but I just don't know about him running for this position. Bev has no room to talk as she has done just as much crooked actions as the ones that got caught. To U.S. Citizen for now, I hope I am a dead man before the United States ever goes to communism. I see Lavon and Data Boy does not know what to say.
  • by Paul Location: Greenville on May 6, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    We will probably never get rid of Basnight. Anyone giving money to Purdue will be wasting it. She will be in the history books in 2012.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    If they do this, then they also need to make it a law that the president cannot use the taxpayers money by using Air Force One to go campaigning for other Democrats, to me that is just wrong. He has his privelages to use it for travel but it should not be used for campaigning. I do not pay taxes for him to campaign for other Democrats.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on May 6, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    While they are at they need to implement a requirement that money received by a Pol. is used by that person only and not be allowed to be redistributed to others (as prepayment for a later vote??). I believe Mark and Arthur have been known to do this. Or maybe because they are both Dems, it doesn't matter. Hmmm...
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 6, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    Well then, Basnight and Purdue should face felony charges.....
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 6, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    How do you spell bribe in politics, donation.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 6, 2010 at 04:49 AM
    I don't understand why people running for any office need donations to campaign. I never have. Why don't they just use public forums and speak? Why do they have to post all those aggravating cheap, scenery-ruining signs up and down the roads? Couldn't they just visit cities with their own vehicles/gas/money and speak in gyms/city halls/local T.V. news hours? Do the boring commercials really boost their votes that much? Sorry, just really don't get it.
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on May 6, 2010 at 01:41 AM
    "There's been no evidence Perdue and Basnight knew the donations were illegal when they received them."----Yeah, right...
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on May 5, 2010 at 09:50 PM
    What an act. Any money received in so called donations is payment for future services. It is all bribe money no matter how it get to their campaigns. People expect the candidate to act and make decisions a certain way and are willing to pay to make sure their candidate gets the job. Running for government office should be limited to a fixed amount for everyone running. Isn't that the type of system the dems want for all of us? Redistribution and everyone the same. How about starting with campaign spending. One add, a couple grand for signs and an internet website hosted on a .gov server. No media interviews unless the opposing candidate is invited to the same interview.
  • by citizen Location: washington, nc on May 5, 2010 at 09:02 PM
    Awwww. They didn’t know??.. LOL. Ignorance is NOT a defense in committing a crime, WHY would they be any different? WHY should they be treated any differently than the common crooks that they are? Sure, make it a felony, but put it on them – make it their albatross.
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