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NC court candidate backed by outside group, too

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Supreme Court candidate criticizing how independent committees are spending money to back his rival with commercials and billboards is being supported by an outside group too.

North Carolina Citizens for Protecting Our Schools is listed as paying for a mailer and mobile phone ad that praises Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV. He and Associate Justice Paul Newby are running for the state's highest court.

A commercial paid for by Ervin last week accused groups supporting Newby of trying to "buy a seat" on the court. Ervin has said he's worried outside money is threatening the court's independence.

Ervin campaign manager Mike Davis said Ervin is concerned about any outside group, even the one supporting him.

Independent groups aren't allowed to coordinate activities with candidates.

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