North Carolina Governor candidate wants to remove money from politics

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beverly Perdue says she's committed to removing money from the next governor's campaign and forcing lawmakers to consider budget reform.

Perdue gave her views Tuesday on ethics, lobbying and campaign finance at a Raleigh luncheon, sponsored by a clean-government coalition.

Perdue said if she's elected, she would push for an independent government reform panel to regularly develop recommendations to the Legislature. Lawmakers would have to vote up or down on each idea.

She also said she'll push to create an endowment to give money to gubernatorial candidates. Those candidates would have to agree to fundraising restrictions and run positive campaigns.

Perdue's Republican rival -- Pat McCrory -- was expected to give his views later Tuesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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