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What was the most offensive, false or frustrating political ad of the 2010 election campaign? Whichever candidates you supported, it is likely you can recall at least one TV commercial, mailer or print ad from the midterm election that rubbed you the wrong way.

Now, who paid for that ad? That is often a more difficult question to answer.

Since the 2010 Citizen’s United ruling by the Supreme Court which declared it unconstitutional to limit the amount of money that corporations and trade unions can spend to influence an election, the question of who paid for an ad has become more difficult to answer.


In a separate but related story, Joe Sam Queen and three other former Democratic state senators are suing their Republican opponents in the midterm elections for alleged violations of state campaign finance laws.

According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Queen, Sen. Ralph Hise (R-Spruce Pines) failed to claim hundreds of thousands of dollars on at least one campaign report. Either that or he lied when he said he paid for a series of television attack ads against the Queen campaign. The money which was used to pay for the ads came from the state Republican Party, but those ads identified Hise’s political campaign committee as having paid for the ads.


Commissioners represent county’s interests at National Association of Counties DC Conference

Only two counties from western North Carolina were represented at this year's annual Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties (NACo) held March 5 through 9 in Washington, D.C.: Buncombe and Macon.

Macon County commissioners Ronnie Beale and Bob Kuppers, as well as county manager Jack Horton, all attended the conference which Horton called “very educational and useful.” According to Horton, the conference is an excellent opportunity for county governments to learn and advocate about federal legislative issues which directly impact local governments.

Over 2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country attended the conference this year. Members of Congress and key officials addressed attendees during general session presentations.


State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced the appointment of Becky Wallace as director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Wallace assumed her new position on March 14.

“Becky is a recognized leader in law enforcement and a dedicated public servant,” Conti said. “Her firsthand knowledge, experience and coalition-building skills will benefit our partnerships across the state, and help us make traveling in North Carolina even safer.”

As director of GHSP, Wallace will oversee the daily operations of the organization to carry out its mission to promote highway safety awareness and reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities in the state.


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