Rumors of the death of pay-to-play politics are grossly exaggerated:
A $4,000 donation comes in to state Sen. Thom Goolsby’s campaign from the president of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association in May. In early June, Goolsby rushes through the Senate a bill requested by – no surprise – the home builders group concerning the booking policy at the Wilmington Convention Center, without bothering to tell city officials about it.
Just to give you a weekend chuckle at the irony of the GOP's "say one thing and do another" approach to government, pay close attention to the first few sentences where Goolsby talks about how he'll fix corruption and specifically mentions realtors:
Here's the $4,000
purchased product bill in question. If you'll notice, this bill isn't just a local (New Hanover County) Act, it would (if enacted) be another in a long line of attempts by the Legislature to control the way counties and municipalities manage their own affairs.
Which (of course) is another example of GOP hypocrisy, where they campaign on defanging government and how the bad old (Federal) government is overbearing on the states and such, and then try to control every move local officials make.
Such blatant inconsistencies in stated ideology and actual behavior is usually a sign the ideology is merely painted on Kabuki-style.