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Were any tax dollars used to pay for the ‘Vote yes to downtown stadium’ signs?

Julian March
StarNews

Conceptual artist’s rendering. Courtesy of Northern Riverfront Marina and Hotel.

“No,” said Malissa Talbert, a spokeswoman for the city of Wilmington.

It is unlawful to use public money to influence how people vote, said Robert Joyce, a lawyer and elections law expert at the UNC School of Government.

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2 Responses to “ Were any tax dollars used to pay for the ‘Vote yes to downtown stadium’ signs?”

  1. On November 2, 2012 at 10:01 am Joshua Fulton wrote:

    I don’t think this answer gives the full picture. The Chamber put in money for the “pro” side, I believe $50k. The city gives the Chamber $50k every year. Money is fungible, so I believe the most appropriate response is that the city government did, at least indirectly, fund some of the pro-side.

    You know, reporting isn’t simply regurgitating something a government official says. It’s looking at the facts and including the full picture.

  2. On November 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm Richard wrote:

    I think Mr. Fulton made a couple of important points.