By David Rice
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL RALEIGH BUREAU
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK
As Jim Black, a Democrat, struggled to remain House speaker in early 2003 - in a chamber with a 61-59 Republican majority - he asked supporters to make campaign donations to Republican Reps. Michael Decker and Steve Wood.
Decker, of Walkertown, who switched parties and voted for Black, got more than $16,000 in contributions from Black's backers.
But Wood, of High Point, never saw any of the $16,000 from 13 contributors who made out checks to his campaign at Black's request, the State Board of Elections heard yesterday. Those checks were never cashed.
The difference? Wood didn't vote for Black.