ASU faculty are regularly and sternly warned not to campaign for political parties or political candidates using university resources.
Yet AppState administrators went to town advocating for the passage of the Connect NC bond issue, something that NC election law explicitly prohibits: Chapter 126-13 of the North Carolina General Statutes prohibits any state employee from using “the authority of his position, or utilize State funds, supplies or vehicles to secure support for or oppose any candidate, party, or issue in an election involving candidates for office or party nominations, or affect the results thereof” (emphasis added).
In fact, ASU is on record as spending $70,000 urging passage of the bond referendum.
Did ASU break election law? You bet it did. What other notorious state employee also broke the law? Governor Pat McCrory, who traveled across the state to dozens of events where he explicitly promoted the bond issue.