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There are plenty of things to take away from the latest News & Observer story about the frequent-corporate-flyer who also found time to serve as our governor for the last eight years.

One of them is why we still let governors and legislative leaders apppoint big campaign contributors and fundraisers to important board and commissions. 

NCSU Trustee McQueen Campbell is at the center of a lot of the Easley stories. The N&O reports that Campbell’s family gave Easley more than $50,000 in political contributions, not counting all the plane rides.

Democracy North Carolina released a report a few years ago showing that members of the UNC Board of Governors conrtibuted more than $400,000 to politicians over a five year period and the PACs of the board members employers gave another $2 million.

How long are we going to keep letting people buy board seats from politicians and then be surpised when the backscratching gets out of hand?

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