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State employees group plans to protest fundraiser

Posted August 19, 2010

— An organization that represents thousands of state workers on Thursday called on leading Democrats not to attend a state contractor's fundraiser next week in Raleigh.

Dana Cope, executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, called the Aug. 24 event at the home of Capstrat Chief Executive Ken Eudy an example of "pay-to-play" politics.

“This fundraiser gives state employees and the public the impression that this is a 'you scratch my back, I’ll scratch your back' event,” Cope said in a statement.

One of Capstrat's clients is Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which SEANC has repeatedly criticized for its contract to administer the State Health Plan. The company has government contracts to work with the State Ports Authority, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and on campaigns against teen tobacco use.

The Senate stripped a provision from the state's new ethics rules that would have prevented contractors from contributing to officials who have influence in awarding state contracts.

Cope said Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt and former Gov. Jim Hunt should boycott the event, and he said SEANC members would protest outside the Eudy's home.

He also has requested copies of correspondence between Eudy and Basnight, Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, and House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman dating to the beginning of 2008 to determine if Eudy, who isn't a registered lobbyist, has been lobbying lawmakers.


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  • shadowrider119 Aug 24, 2010

    It would be nice if other state employees and retirees would join this protest tonight, tuesday, as we bring attention to the pay for play culture between BlueCross/BlueShield and the Democratic Senate leadership. 6pm, 807 Harvey St. Come in from St. Mary's St and make a right on Harvey St. It is time we stood up to pay for play!!!

  • aspenstreet1717 Aug 20, 2010

    I know several

  • cubling Aug 20, 2010

    The government agencies ARE full of waste and it doesn't have anything to do with which party is in control. If you've ever worked for the State, you know what I mean. Lazy, entitled, and comfortable workers fill every department in every organization. It takes an act of Congress to get rid of people. If you come in with a good work ethic and want to get things done, your new co-workers get mad and tell you to slow down because 'that's not the way things are done' with the State. If the State employers had the ability to fire employees the way the private sector does, our state coffers would be a lot fuller.

  • ratherbnnc Aug 20, 2010

    Hey, MissKitty, Only one of his buddies has been which was Poole. Its a scandal only because certain groups choose to label it as such. The Wine Council uses that money to promote the industry in NC. The Growers asked for that additional tax in the first place to allow the Dept of Commerce to promote it and administrative costs. So, the money they collect they are paying in the first place.

  • misskitty Aug 20, 2010

    Hey, RatherB, Convictions on Black, Meg Scott Phelps, etc. Easley (and wife) have not been convicted yet. (A lot of his buddies have been)but it is still a scandal. Yeah, Dems are elected to the GA. Let's hope that changes.
    The wine industry is big in NC (I love the Duplin wines). So why does the Wine Council need that money? Give it back to the growers!

  • ratherbnnc Aug 20, 2010

    The Civitas group identified $300 million in pork without really trying. Makes interesting reading.One of my favorites $828,000 for the wine growers council!!

    The CIVITAS GROUP? Please! Now i am laughing. I think you would be hard pressed to find that in the State Budget being passed as pork. If you would bother to read the appropriation that money is funding by the excise tax on wine sales in NC from customer purchases and an additional excise tax on wine makers and producers. Wine Producers and growers are a big business in NC and generate money back into the economy. That hardly makes it PORK.

  • aspenstreet1717 Aug 20, 2010

    'State Gov has been cut to the bear minimum'! Stop I can't laugh anymore.
    The Civitas group identified $300 million in pork without really trying. Makes interesting reading.One of my favorites $828,000 for the wine growers council!!

  • TheDude abides... Aug 20, 2010

    ratherbnnc- Why so passionate about the status quo? I thought that was the GOPs job?

  • ratherbnnc Aug 20, 2010

    More evidence of corruption in our goverment. IF WRAL really wanted to do some investigating reporting why aren't in depth at looking at goverment waste?

    #2 example of foot in mouth. Where is the waste? State govt has been cut to the bare miniumum. Please dont tell me the budget shortfall is because of state wasteful spending. The shortfall comes from lack of revenue being received from taxpayers and less federal money for programs. Nice try!

  • ratherbnnc Aug 20, 2010

    The Democrats have controlled the NCGA far too long. We have had scandal after scandal. They are all out for themselves and to heck with us...except for our tax dollar. They will need some more of that because they are addicted to money and power!

    Here we go again! Another fine example of opening mouth and inserting foot, and spreading misinformation as usual. The Democrats have controlled the NCGA because thats what the majority of voters wanted. Fair and square elections, plain and simple. I would like to know about this "scandal after scandal"?
    If you are referring to Wright and Black, two are hardly the definition of scandal after scandal. Please dont throw Easley in, because legally he hasnt been accused or indicted for anything. Thats more hope on your part than actual fact. The Members of the NCGA dont make but around $13k a year.