And celebrate they did, complete with lobbyists and fundraising and many prominent state Democrats in attendance. Headlining the event were Gov Bev Perdue and the head honchos of the State Senate, Marc Basnight and State House, Joe Hackney.
What it was, was the 2010 Legislative Reception at the headquarters of the N C Democrats, a mere block from the Capitol. For only $50 per person one could hobnob with he most powerful pols in the state. But, according to party executive director Andrew Whalen it was all above-board. The event is nothing more than a thank you from the party to the legislators for a job well done. Of course there were no Republican legislators present. Anyway, Whalen went on to say that the money raised would go pay basic party expenses which for some reason included the elevator repairman. Seems interesting to me for that to be included along with the water bill and the electric bill. perhaps it’s Democrat code for something, who knows.
Anyway, a number of Democrats seemed to be in the dark about who was actually there. Sen Linda Garrou, as she hurried inside, denied knowing that lobbyists were present. Oh, forgot to mention that, lobbyists were present but were enjoined to remember that no money raised could go to a candidate or the committee of a candidate. Another attendee was Rep Deborah Ross who also declined to answer questions before rushing inside. Secretary of State and U S Senate candidate Elaine Marshall admitted to knowing the event was a fundraiser but did not know who was on the invitation list. By the way, her office regulates lobbyists.
Speaker Hackney seemed offended by questions about the event and emphasized that it was the state party raising money and not him personally and that it was all legal and proper. The question asked of him was whether he thought voters would consider it wrong to raise money from lobbyists while the legislature was still officially in session.
Of course, everything was just as open and honest as the day is long. Besides it must take a lot of money to pay those elevator repairmen.
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