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May 25

Nesbitt solicits lobbyists during Legislative Session

The N&O reports Senate Democrat Leader Martin Nesbitt shamelessly admitted to soliciting campaign “support” at an event attended by lobbyists last week. It is illegal to solicit contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session. Nesbitt evidently thought this disclaimer would take care of any problems:

Nesbitt said he was careful about any money pitch. “I told ’em, for those of you in the room who might be lobbyists, if I mention anything about money or anything like that then close your eyes and hold your ears. I am not talking to you.” Click here to read the rest of the story on the N&O website.

This isn’t Nesbitt’s first questionable fundraising activity, last month Nesbitt had the president of the taxpayer funded Advantage West economic development group soliciting campaign cash on his behalf.

May 19

Candidate Spotlight: Louis Pate, District 5

“I’m running for North Carolina Senate to create good jobs for working people. Families in our area are suffering through these tough economic times and I want to help put them back to work. As a small businessman, I understand that cutting taxes and reducing excessive regulations is the best way to expand economic opportunities for all our citizens. In addition, we must get the state budget under control. As a State Senator, I will fight to cut wasteful spending and reform our state tax code to make North Carolina more competitive in attracting business and industry.”

Apr 28

Candidate Spotlight: Jeff Hyde, District 27

Greensboro’s Jeff Hyde is challenging one term Senator Don Vaughan (D-Guilford) for the District 27 seat. Hyde, a North Carolina native and small business owner, says he wants to join other conservatives in the state legislature to address the North Carolina’s high unemployment.

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