The News & Observer has two stories this morning on possible corruption (my words not theirs) by former Governor Mike Easley. This one talks about trips and a car for he an his wife Mary (a $170,000 employee of NCSU). This one is about his son (a law student) getting a free car.
Before the left screams we need public financing, remember that Just like the cases of imprisoned former House Speaker Jim Black and imprisoned Congressman Frank Balllance, this story has NOTHING to do with campaign contributions. From all appearances, it looks like powerful people wanting to help the governor enjoy a lifestyle to which we all could become accustomed.
It has nothing to do with campaign contributions and so is not an argument for public financing of campaigns. Welfare for politicians would not have precluded this appearance of unseemly activity in the least.