Lawmaker cleared of ethics violations
Posted May 23, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The State Ethics Commission said Wednesday that it has dismissed a complaint against Rep. Jim Crawford, concluding that he didn't break any laws by using the House chamber and legislative aides as a backdrop in a campaign ad.
A political activist filed the complaint WRAL News reported in March that Crawford, D-Granville, staged a campaign ad in the House chamber.
Two legislative aides said they were on the clock during the taping. State law prohibits the use of taxpayer funds in political advertising.
The Ethics Commission determined that the workers weren't on state time when the ad was taped.
Crawford couldn't be reached Wednesday for comment, but he said previously that he didn't think he had done anything wrong.
The ad was for naught, however.
Redistricting forced Crawford into a primary against Rep. Winkie Wilkins, D-Person, and Wilkins won the battle two weeks ago.