NC redistricting costs five times higher than previous round

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The state of North Carolina has paid several times as much on outside attorneys hired by Republican legislative leaders to advise on and defend redistricting maps compared to what was spent on outside counsel in the previous round of redistricting.

The General Assembly released Monday records showing outside legal costs paid so far are $695,000, compared to $131,500 during the last decade. The records were released following public records requests by multiple media outlets.

Redistricting leaders at the Legislature defended the costs in a news release, saying money was well spent because the boundaries have held up so far in court and will be used for this year’s elections.

Democratic Party Chairman David Parker said Republicans used taxpayer money excessively to promote an agenda that targets minority voters and women.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.