NC Lobbyist Donations Ban Upheld By Federal Court

A federal appeals court has upheld North Carolina's ban on registered lobbyists making campaign contributions to candidates for the Legislature and the Council of State.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Monday in favor of state officials.

The General Assembly approved the 2006 law as part of ethics and lobbying rule changes that followed some corruption scandals in state government.

Lobbyist Sarah Preston with the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued over the ban, saying it violated her freedom of speech and association.

The appeals court in Richmond, Va., upheld a District Court judge's ruling by saying the ban was a "valid exercise of North Carolina's legislative prerogative" to address potential corruption and the appearance of corruption.

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  • by Beachbum3 on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    question? doe this mean that there will be no more bribing of the states legistive offical for an buy the coporate instrest under the citizen united ruling or does it mean that they will now have as beofre more corruption an back room deals in the favor of the coportae instrest give aways to coporation across this sate in the form of tax incentives an so forth for the locating of a business in this state. end the corruption now. an the false claims payments as well. i fail to see personaly how the ags office continues to allowe the payment of false claims to contracting enity in this state thank you
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Nov 8, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Hmmm, and I thought those past ruling democrats, who fought this, said republicans did nothing so far....hmmm
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Nov 8, 2011 at 01:46 AM
    This ruling could completely rewrite the way politics is practiced in the Peoples Republic of Amerika, starting with the province of North Carolina.

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