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Coalition Urges NC Legislature to pass tighter Executive Branch Ethics Laws In light of ethics questions involving Former Governor and Mrs. Easley

Questions regarding the circumstances of former First Lady Mary Easley’s employment at
NC State University and former Governor Mike Easley’s travel records are renewing the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform’s call for tighter ethics rules for the Executive Branch.

“Public’s confidence and trust in government is once again being compromised because of what appears to be some people believing that the rules don’t apply to them, said Jane Pinsky, director of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform. “State lawmakers need to strengthen ethics laws. More sunshine and brighter lines would have prevented some of these activities we are reading about on a daily basis.

The Coalition is currently calling on the legislature to address some of the key problems with the following bills-

• Disclosure for Board and Commission Appointees (H 944) would require people appointed to fourteen key boards and commissions to disclose to whom they have made campaign contributions.
• Pay to Play (H961) prohibits companies doing business with the state from making political contributions to the elected officials who awarded the contract until the contract ends.
• Expanding Revolving Door (H1136) prevents top-level state employees from going directly from state employment to working for a company that they regulated or to which they awarded contracts while working for the state. It requires a six-month cooling off period.

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The North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform is made up of over fifty diverse organizations and individuals. It led the effort for comprehensive lobbying and ethics reform laws that were adopted by the NC General Assembly in 2007 and continue to push for a higher ethical standard in North Carolina government.

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