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GARY O. BARTLETT                                                                                                                       Mailing Address:

Executive Secretary-Director                                                                                                            P.O. BOX 2169

                                                                                                                                                                RALEIGH, NC 27602

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April 12, 2000



Representative Julia C. Howard

1023 Legislative Building

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096


Dear Representative Howard:


We are in receipt of your request for an opinion pursuant to N.C.G.S.163-278-23 concerning your involvement in a golf event sponsored by the Cooleemee Historical Society and others. On March 22, 2000, our office provided you with an oral opinion, and this letter serves as our response to your request for a written opinion pursuant to N.C.G.S.163-278-23.


It is our understanding that you have been asked to lend your name and support to a golf tournament in which you will be honored for your service to citizens of Davie and Davidson Counties.  All fees, donations and proceeds will be payable to the Cooleemee Historical Society. The event is not a campaign event and no proceeds will be payable to, deposited in, or used by your campaign account.


It is our opinion that your support of the charitable event and the use of your name does not constitute election activity that would be subject to the election laws of North Carolina, and therefore, would not need to be reported in any way as a campaign activity.


If we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.






                                                                                                                                Gary O. Bartlett

                                                                                                                                Executive Secretary-Director