Lawmaker cleared of ethics violations

Posted May 23, 2012

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— 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.

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  • dleven04 May 23, 2012

    Let's be sure that Mr. Wilkins does not use state employees for the same purpose. And heaven forbid should he use the House chamber as his backdrop for any ad. If Mr. Wilkins manages to remain in the legislature for twenty years AND accomplish the work that Representative Crawford has been able to accomplish, then Mr. Wilkins would be welcome to use state employees on state time and the House chamber for his political ads.
    Sounds to me like someone was throwing mud!