Mark Binker at WRAL-TV reports that House Republican leaders are setting up their own nonprofit advocacy group to get their message out. If there’s one thing that’s desperately needed in North Carolina, it’s another right-wing propaganda outfit funded by anonymous donors. We have so few of them.
The plan makes a mockery of the prohibition of lobbyists giving money to lawmakers’ campaigns. As Binker points out, it would allow House leaders to raise money from lobbyists—or the new state budget director—any time they want in unlimited amounts and it would all be anonymous. Wealthy individuals would have yet another secret way to buy access to legislative leaders.