Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Party of Corruption Protected

The N&O reports today that the State Board of Elections has reduced the fine for taking illegal campaign contributions against Meg Scott Phipps from $100,000 to $50,000.

You may wonder who Meg Scott Phipps is, and the paper apparently assumes everyone knows, so it fails to mention that she was a Democrat from a prominent Democratic family.

You may wonder why the article would mention that the State Board of Elections voted 3-2 to reduce the fine, but then fail to mention that the State Board has 3 Dems and 2 Republicans. Wonder how they voted?

But at least the paper of record for the Triangle region is willing to dig hard enough into the story to come up with this reason for the fine reduction, from Phipps' attorney no less, "This whole matter has been debilitating to the Phipps family."

Phipps, the Democrat, is now serving a 4-year federal prison sentence for corruption.