In wooing the Democratic National Convention, Charlotte will not have worry about running afoul of the gift ban, thanks to an exemption inserted into the new state ethics law.
In the closing hours of the legislative session, negotiators included language exempting “anything of value given or received in connection with seeking or hosting a national convention of a political party.”
The measure was suggested by Sen. Dan. Clodfelter of Charlotte, whose city is one of four finalists for hosting the Democratic convention in 2012, reports Rob Christensen.
Clodfelter said the host city will have to raise between $40 million and $60 million and he wanted to make sure it does not violate any gift ban. He said there were concerns raised last year when sponsors raised money for the Southern Legislative Conference held in Winston-Salem.
“We wanted to make sure the money raised doesn't count as a gift to a political candidate,” Clodfelter said. “It was a belt and suspender sort of thing.”