RALEIGH, N.C. -- The State Board of Elections has dismissed a complaint against the North Carolina Association of Realtors over requiring members to give extra dues to fight local votes over raising the land sales tax.
Board members determined on Thursday after more than two hours of testimony that the association didn't break the law when it required up to $75 extra from each member in 2008 to so it could oppose the land transfer tax.
Becky Harper is a Wake County real estate agent who filed the complaint. She said she would have lost her livelihood had she refused because she would be denied access to a key home database.
Board chairman Larry Leake criticized association leaders for denying that access for people who refused to give, calling it morally wrong.
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