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Did telecom campaign cash affect N.C. broadband vote? Well, duh!
An industry association PAC and PACs affiliated with some of the states biggest cable providers, Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink, gave $1.6 million to state candidates since 2006, particularly lining the campaign pockets of four key leaders, according to a study by the National Institute on State Politics.
House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Cornelius, received $37,000 in 2010 and 2011, more than any lawmaker. Senate President Phil Berger, R-Eden, received $19,500. Senate GOP Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville received $9,000. Senate Democratic leader Martin Nesbitt of Asheville received $8,250. All four supported the bill.
In all, the study found, three-quarters of the legislature received money from the industry, with those who voted for the bill receiving more campaign cash on average than those who didnt.
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