Tag Archives: Lobbyist

Divided duties in oversight of lobbying prompts move to combine functions (access required)

North Carolina’s lobbying law authorizes the Secretary of State to administer its requirements, but interpretation of the law rests with the N.C. Ethics Commission. That division of labor gave Judge Paul C. Ridgeway an additional reason to set aside penalties levied against Don Beason, finding that the Secretary of State Elaine Marshall had exceeded her authority by determining that Beason had engaged in “lobbying” and assessing fines.

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Civil Rights – Constitutional – First & Fourteenth Amendments – Speech & Association – Lobbyist – Campaign Contributions – N.C. Offices (access required)

Preston v. Leake A North Carolina statute that prohibits a registered lobbyist from contributing to the campaign of any candidate for the N.C. General Assembly or the Council of State does not violate the free speech and association rights of appellant lobbyist, and the 4th Circuit upholds the district court decision rejecting the lobbyist’s suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

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