North Carolina Campaign Reform Update reports on Gov. Bev Perdue’s campaign finance reform efforts.

She said the state needs to find an alternative to the current system, in which candidates for the state’s top offices raise many millions of dollars through private contributions.

Perdue even made the issue the subject of her first official act as governor. On Jan. 13, the new governor issued her first executive order. It established a task force charged with setting up an endowment that would be used to finance future gubernatorial campaigns.

But seven months later, that task force has not been appointed, and there has been virtually no work done on the proposed endowment, which is an extremely ambitious and untested idea.

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