Submitted by Chris Phillips on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 7:46pm.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor has declined to discourage the union representing North Carolina state employees from backing her even as she laments the influx of money by new outside groups to influence campaigns. Linda Coleman told reporters Monday she welcomes support from the State Employees Association of North Carolina, which endorsed her last week. The outgoing state personnel director and longtime state employee often assisted pushing association goals while she served in the Legislature. Association leader Dana Cope said recently well over $1 million from national and state sources could be used to back Coleman in the Democratic primary. State Sen. Eric Mansfield is also in the primary. Coleman said separately she didn't like the emergence of "super" political action committees, whose donors aren't subject to giving limits. (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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