AP reporter Gary Robertson is one of the few professional journalists who actually understand what happened in August when Puppetmaster Pope got off scot-free after buying legislative elections in primaries last May. The Charlotte Observer picked up his story.
RALEIGH - North Carolina's latest ruling on how far so-called "527" groups can go to influence voters likely won't be the last word on efforts to restrain the influence of corporate cash on the electoral process.
The State Board of Elections last week upheld the Republican Legislative Majority of North Carolina's use of corporate money to send more than 300,000 pieces of mail criticizing five GOP House members in advance of the May primary. Two of those incumbents ultimately lost, including Speaker Pro Tempore Richard Morgan.
The story goes on from there to give a blow-by-blow of what actually happened, and I hope you'll go read it. And be sure to pay special attention to the last paragraph, because in one stupid sentence, member Lorraine Shinn reveals the stunning incompetence of the board she serves on.
"RLM walked up right up to the line but they didn't go over that," board member Lorraine Shinn said in voting to dismiss Morgan's complaint. "There's a lesson in this for political activists out there to be very careful when you're working in this capacity again."
Is this some kind of sick joke? Why should any political activist be "very careful" doing anything? The State Board of Elections is a roll-over do-nothing watchdog who has put the monied interests of PopeCo over the interests of We the People. The only lesson in this sordid affair is this: Don't expect anything from the State Board of Elections and you won't be disappointed.
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