The attorney for McCrae Dowless, the Bladen County political operative at the center of a state investigation into election irregularities in the 9th Congressional District, said Tuesday that her client “has not violated any state or federal campaign laws, and current ongoing investigations will prove the same.”
Gov. Roy Cooper has offered North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders a good deal on legislation to overhaul election, ethics and lobbying oversight — House Bill 1029. They will make a mistake to pass it up.
The current bill on the Democratic governor’s desk is fatally flawed. Cooper is right to veto it. Provisions to keep investigations into campaign violations secret are wrong. “This bill makes it harder to root out corruption in elections and campaign finance,” Cooper said.
If legislators remove those provisions Cooper says he’ll sign a new bill that will also resolve objections imposed by judges when an earlier version of the law failed legal challenges.