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No Christmas Cards from Lobbyists PDF Print
Thursday, 20 December 2007 21:59
A new state law affects Christmas cards.
North Carolina overhauled its ethics law last year in order to eliminate the perception that lobbyists influenced lawmakers with gifts. The ethics law defines a gift as “anything of monetary value given or received,” and officials from the state Ethics Commission tell lobbyists that includes Christmas cards. It’s caused a lot of debate. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, for example, is considering legal action after the holidays. The already existing ethics law was amended this year to specifically exempt cards, flowers or charitable contributions in response to someone’s death. There is no exception for other kinds of cards in the law.
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