The N&O public editor Ted Vaden, self-described "readers’ advocate,” doesn't see a conflict.
It seems dumb to me for an independent news organization to have a side money-making arrangement with a lobbyist. The potential for abuse is wide-open. And, shouldn't the N&O disclose Kaplan's clients?
Question for readers in North Carolina -- who are Kaplan's clients? If you have info, leave it in comments.
Hat tip: John in Carolina