The N&O has a story this morning that explores donations to Richard Moore from lawyers the Treasurer's office does business with. In my view, it's all smoke and no fire. Every important lawyer in North Carolina gives money to politicians at all levels.
"There are no conflicts," Moore said in a recent interview. "The state of North Carolina has got good value and services from these folks. If they have chosen to be politically active, that is their decision. I think you'll find those firms are politically active with every single statewide officeholder, or many of them."
As many of you know, I lean toward Beverly Perdue for governor. I even supported her with contributions last year. But that doesn't mean I like seeing Richard Moore slammed with a hit piece like this by the N&O.
Moore said that the political donations don't influence who gets the state's legal business. "I'll take the old Ronald Reagan line," Moore said. "When people are giving to my campaign, they are signing on as an endorsement of me. It's not the other way around. I'm not endorsing them."
This scrutiny of Moore's fundraising is starting to feel like a witch hunt to me. The Treasurer's office needs to do business with lawyers, and Moore is spreading that business around to lots of different firms. All the qualified firms are politically active. From everything I know, Richard Moore is an ethical man.