The Ethics Commission might as well not exist:
A group interested in local economic development called Robeson for Advancement is lobbying for the bill. The group’s manager is Aaron Thomas, president of the construction company Metcon. Patrick Ballantine, a former state senator and GOP gubernatorial candidate, is the group’s lobbyist. The bill’s main sponsor is state Sen. Wesley Meredith, a Fayetteville Republican. He owns a landscaping company that has won work as a Metcon subcontractor.
Meredith said he isn’t pushing the bill to benefit his company. “This is a way to build schools,” he said. Meredith said he would start moving the bill through Senate committees this week.
Oh. Well, in that case, as long as you promise you're not in it for the money, I guess we shouldn't worry about it. Now, replace "Wesley Meredith" with "Tony Rand" or "Marc Basnight," and imagine the Republican heads exploding after such a comment. Where's Don Carrington? Crickets. Where's the special 7-part series on government corruption from the News & Observer? You'll have to dig into the Archives for that, pre-2010. In the newly-revised GOP dictionary, "corruption" is now synonymous with "prosperity" and "opportunity."