NC Public Financing Proposal – Defeated!

This is the Raleigh News and Observer:  GREAT VICTORY FOR Americans For Prosperity IN NORTH CAROLINA – Public finance plan fizzles RALEIGH. 

A proposal for the public financing of some statewide political campaigns is headed for a quick and inglorious death, the victim of a quick-strike telephone campaign unleashed by conservative opponents. The measure had been unveiled by Democratic leaders in the state Senate just one day earlier as the centerpiece of a major ethics bill. The legislation was pulled from the Senate floor Wednesday moments before it had been scheduled for a vote. It was sent back to the Judiciary Committee, where the public financing measure is expected to be stripped out today, said Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt. On Tuesday, Nesbitt had boldly declared that “the days of pay-to-play are over.” By Wednesday, Nesbitt stepped back, saying public financing had never been considered among the most important parts of the ethics package.  Link Here for the full story. Staff writer Benjamin Niolet contributed to this report. michael.biesecker@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4698

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