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Lobbyists currying favor with candidate’s father?

Berger_Jr.-and-Sr.State law forbids members of the General Assembly from raising money from lobbyists, which seems like the least the law should do, ban people who are trying to directly influence lawmakers from writing them checks while asking for votes or legislative favors.

Lobbyists often find all sorts of ways around the law, having PACs associated with their clients give to legislators or other members of their laws firms make contributions, etc.

Tuesday, December 17th a number of lobbyists are holding a fundraiser in Raleigh for Phil Berger, Jr., who is running for Congress for the seat currently held by Rep. Howard Coble from Greensboro who is stepping down at the end of 2014.

Former GOP Chair and current lobbyist Tom Fetzer recently sent out a solicitation for the event. Other lobbyists who are members of the host committee listed on the invitation include Republican lobbyists like former House Speaker Harold Brubaker, Mark Fleming and  Dana Simpson. Democratic lobbyist Steve Metcalf is also on the committee.

It’s probably a safe bet that the candidate’s father will also be on hand for the festivities. That would be Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger Sr., who will have a lot to say about the fate of the bills the lobbyists are working on this summer.

The lobbyists must be opening their wallets for Phil Jr. only because they believe in him so strongly.  Currying favor with his powerful father surely has nothing to do with it.

4 Comments


  1. ML

    December 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This just wreaks.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    December 9, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    It never ends. If there is not a connection, old Chris will attempt to make a connection. Chris Fritzsimon ignored many years of Democrat corruption. Moving forward, Chris is fulfilling his contract with Blueprint to destroy all Republicans. The truth is no one believes Chris any more. He wants the Democrats in power and will do anything to help corruption return to power.

  3. Alan

    December 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Another Frances tin-foil hat comment….

  4. ML

    December 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Frances please refrain from projecting your own thought process on others. Just bc you will do and say anything in the name of art pope and civitas does not mean everyone thinks along the same lines as you. Once again your only point is that nobody should say anything about this corruption bc you believe the dems were so bad when they participated in similar corruption. Please grow up and accept the fact that the post is about corruption not republicans or dems.

    Maybe we could all agree that corruption is an evil part of government we as “the people” must remove and not push politics when sleazy people are trying to take advantage of all. Especially dim-witted faux news and Limbaugh followers.

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