11/12/08

Dem Govs launder out-of-state union cash

How gov't unions bought North Carolina

The Alliance for North Carolina may not be going away. A spokesman for the independent 527 group, which ran five ads against Republican gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, said that it may still play a role in state politics.

"As issues present themselves where we feel the need to take a stand, we will," said Scott Falmlen, a Democratic political consultant. That would be fairly unusual for a group that got its start essentially as a hit-and-run organization against a GOP candidate for governor in Oklahoma. It would also require more fundraising, since the group appears to have only about $350,000 left.

About 88 percent of the alliance's funding this year came from the Democratic Governors Association, or $3.7 million out of $4.2 million it received, according to reports filed with the State Board of Elections.

Another $250,000 apiece came from two unions, the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union, while the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association gave $15,000.

The State Employees Association of North Carolina, which is affiliated with SEIU, also gave $5,000.

(newsobserver.com)

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