Beverly Perdue's campaign reform plan drew praise — and attacks — in broad strokes.
N.C. Voters for Clean Elections, a coalition of about 30 campaign reform groups and nonprofits, released a statement today applauding the Democratic gubernatorial candidates plan to provide public funding to gubernatorial candidates who pledge to run positive campaigns.
Chase Foster, coordinator of the coalition, said Perdue is showing "important leadership," but he would not discuss the feasability or details of the plan.
"I'm not commenting on the details of the proposal," Foster replied when asked about the feasibility of the plan. "What's important here is that the proposal raises the problem of current privately financed campaigns."
Bob Hall, executive director of coalition member Democracy North Carolina, said also he would not "quibble with the details," as did field organizer Jonathan Peterson.
"There may be more intricacies that need to be worked out but we recognize that this is a positive step of gubernatorial candidate supporting public financing of elections," he said.
Meantime, John Hood of the conservative John Locke Foundation also described the proposal in broad strokes.
"It makes no sense, it solves no problem and it'll never happen anyway," he said.