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Leaders in both major political parties in North Carolina have been guilty through the years of engaging in “pay-to-play” politics. Former Democratic House Speaker Jim Black was, of course, the poster child for this kind of corruption and wound up in prison as a result.

Now, this week, comes word of another disturbing pay-to-play incident in the state House.

As reported by Greensboro’s Yes Weekly and Raleigh’s News & Observer a candidate for the state House of Representatives told a group of Winston-Salem businesspeople the other day that she needed to raise more money for the House Republican cause in order to get a better committee assignment should she be elected to the House this fall. Read More

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Reporter Mark Binker has a very thorough write-up of this morning’s N.C. Policy Watch/Common Cause Crucial Conversation breakfast on the subject of fighting big money in politics with Professor Lawrence Lessig. For those who couldn’t make the event, please check it out.

We hope to have a video of the entire speech (which was really a very entertaining, fast-paced, multi-media program) posted to the main NC Policy Watch website later today so stay tuned.

 

 

From our friends at Democracy-NC:

Saturday, January 21st is the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling that said corporations are people and money is speech.

Thankfully, real people are using real speech to fight back. We need to hear your voice, too – and your help to tell others!

  • On Friday, you can join one of the nationwide “Occupy the Courts” events marking the anniversary. There’s one in Raleigh, and you can use this link to find events from Wilmington to Asheville.
  • On Saturday, Democracy NC hosts a special forum in Rocky Mount about the practical impact of Citizens United on your utility bill, health care and personal finances.
  • Whether or not you attend an event, mark the anniversary by signing our petition – or sending this message to others – to stop the flood of corporate money in politics.

For background, here’s a brief video with the animated story of Citizens United.

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