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For lobbyists and officials, sex not reportable

Sex between lobbyists and government officials who are covered under North Carolina’s ethics laws does not constitute a gift that must be listed in disclosure reports, the State Ethics Commission said Friday.

“Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not reportable as gifts or ‘reportable expenditures made for lobbying,’” the formal advisory opinion says.

However, providing a prostitute to a legislator or other covered official would constitute a gift or item of value and would have to be reported – which would also be evidence of a crime, the opinion says. (Raleigh) News & Observer

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