Support Up for Public Financing
New polling shows residents of North Carolina support public financing of elections and a vast majority believe that campaign contributions influence elected officials."An Elon University poll last month showed 87 percent of North Carolinians think campaign contributions influence elected state officials. And a statewide survey by Public Policy Polling in November found 65 percent say they'd support giving "a limited amount of public funds" to candidates."More people recognize that we've got to address the heart of the problem, and that's the hustle for money that's going on in big campaigns," said Bob Hall, director of Democracy North Carolina, a watchdog group. "That is translating into support for public financing of campaigns." To read the full article in the Charlotte Observer, click here.