The Pat McCrory Committee reported a contribution of $500 on 9/18/08 from Paul Newby, listed as “Associate Justice, NC Supreme Court”. The Committee to Elect Dan Forest reported a contribution of $500 on 10/19/12 from Paul Newby, listed as “Supreme Ct Justice, State of NC”. The candidate contributions appear to have violated a section of the NC Code of Judicial Conduct which limits the political activity of judges, but the 90 day window for reporting and taking action on such violations has long since passed.
On November 3rd, I wrote about a Newby contribution reported by a Wake County joint candidate committee called United 4 Wake. The committee reported a contribution of $150 on 9/30/14 from Paul M Newby, listed as “NC Supreme Court, Justice”. On November 6th the committee filed an amended report showing a contribution of $150 on 9/30/14 from Macon Newby, listed as “Homemaker, Homemaker”. Macon Newby is the wife of Paul Newby. State campaign finance records do not indicate that either contribution to McCrory or Forest were subsequently returned or corrected.
As the Raleigh News & Observer reported earlier this year, the judicial discipline process is shrouded in secrecy. The shroud was pulled even tighter when McCrory signed changes into law August 23rd that made even the existence of proceedings for judicial discipline confidential. The section of NC Code of Judicial Conduct that prohibits candidate contributions is intended to avoid actions that “tend to undermine public confidence in the judiciary”. The expiration of a 90 day window for addressing candidate contributions in secret proceedings does little to inspire “public confidence in the judiciary”.