Veto Override of Gov. Cooper Protects Bipartisan Oversight of Ethics, Elections

North Carolina will maintain bipartisan oversight of campaign finance, lobbying and ethics investigations following a successful veto override of Gov. Roy Cooper by the state House of Representatives on Senate Bill 68 Bipartisan Board of Elections and Ethics Enforce.

“Gov. Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 68 so he could wield political influence over elections and ethics investigations in North Carolina, but the House has preserved fair and consistent enforcement of campaign finance and lobbying laws by a bipartisan board the governor will appoint,” said House Rules Chairman David Lewis (R-Harnett).

Senate Bill 68 accounts for a three-judge panel’s ruling regarding the bipartisan board and conforms North Carolina’s oversight of elections and ethics to the current State Board of Elections structure.

All appointments to the board will be made by the governor from a list of nominees submitted by chairmen of both the North Carolina Democrat and Republican parties.