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Say what? Lawmakers urged not to talk to reporter about campaign finance reports

A Charlotte TV reporter appears to have gotten under the skin of some powerful state legislators (including House Speaker Tim Moore) with his energetic reporting about their incomplete campaign finance reports — enough so that one has to wonder why the lawmakers would be so concerned. This is from WBTV.com:

“Republican members of the North Carolina House of Representatives were advised Wednesday to not speak with a WBTV reporter who is investigating Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) over his failure to itemize campaign expenses made with credit cards.

Investigative reporter Nick Ochsner began investigating Moore and two members of the North Carolina Senate in September following a review of campaign finance reports for all 43 Charlotte-area lawmakers.

FULL STORY: NC House Speaker Tim Moore amends five years of campaign reports after state audit

On Wednesday, Representative Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg), who is the House Republican Conference Chair, emailed all Republican representatives instructing them not to talk with Ochsner.

“I wanted to follow up on the Speaker’s note from the weekend. If Nick Ochsner the reporter contacts you I urge you to not take his calls. If you did not know he applied to be Tim’s Comms Director,” Jeter wrote in the email. “If you are asked about your campaign finance report or have questions about your expenditures please reach out to Madison for help.”

Madison Shook handles fundraising for the House Republican Conference.”

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Click here to watch a cringe-inducing interview with Moore in which the speaker all but runs away from Ochsner and his camera operator.

One Comment


  1. Laurie

    November 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Wow…by this logic, every state congress person should recuse themselves from any and all legislation talks due to conflict of interest.

    Fortunately, we save that term for judges, prosecutors and jurors. Ethics of public servants are indeed a matter of public record, and should enjoy scrutiny from all the public – not just those who they think will paint them in a flattering light.

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