There is an article in today’s Charlotte Observer regarding an ethics complaint filed against Sen. Fletcher Hartsell. In the article Sen. Hartsell states that he believes the filing was encouraged the Civitas Institute.
The Civitas Institute, nor any of its employees, had anything to do with the filing of the ethics complaint and did not encourage its filing. We became aware of the potential for a complaint to be filed during the last week of session from other people in and around the General Assembly. We did not know who the complainant was and had no contact with them before or after the complaint was filed.