Is the NCGOP paying for Robin Hayes’s “private” plane?

At first glance, the answer would appear to be an emphatic “YES.”

To find stuff like this, you have to really dig into the byzantine flings submitted to the Federal Elections Commission by NCGOP headquarters.

Let’s start with an entry on December 13, 2016.  Payment was issued by the NCGOP to “Concord Regional Airport” in Concord, North Carolina for the amount of $1903.28.   The reason listed for the payment was “fuel for private aircraft.”

Really?  Does the NCGOP own its own aircraft?  (No, I don’t think so.)  But I do seem to recall that Robin Hayes has one.  Remember the whole story from the Republican National Convention where he kicked those guys off his plane?   And the fuel is being purchased from the airport in Concord.   Hayes lives in Concord.  And it WOULD make sense for him to keep his “private aircraft” close to his home. 

There’s more.  We found another payment to “Concord Regional Airport” on January 31, 2017 for $2900.75.  The reason?  “Fuel for private aircraft.”

And there’s another one on February 14, 2017.  On that date, NCGOP recorded a payment of $444.08 to “Concord Regional Airport” for “fuel for private aircraft.”

And let’s not forget a payment by NCGOP on March 7, 2017 to “Concord Regional Airport.”  The amount was $1847.45 and the reason listed was “fuel for private aircraft.”

Those of you running for office who got short-changed by the party at crunch time may grimace at this.  So may some of you who cough up your hard-earned money to fund party business.

Hayes may be able to explain all of this away as necessary for “party business.”  But I wonder what other state party chairmen — who don’t own their own airplanes — do for their “party business” travel? 


4 comments for “Is the NCGOP paying for Robin Hayes’s “private” plane?

  1. Outlander27511
    April 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Seems like it would be cheaper to buy a plane ticket………

    • john steed
      May 1, 2017 at 9:18 am

      It would be cheaper to pay him milage if this was legitimate party business. If it was Hayes running for reelection, then he ought to pay for it himself. Even if it was party business, then it is an extravagance that the party”s contributors ought not to be paying for.

      I suspect Dallas Woodhouse approved and forwarded these bills for payment, so his fingerprints would be all over this scandal, too/

  2. GUWonder
    April 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    And none of these payments from NCGOP are for the period of partisan elections when Republican candidates were running against Democrats. They are from the period when Hayes is gearing up and then running for election within the NCGOP for chairman. There is no justification for the party paying for Hayes’ travel expenses in campaigning for chairman.

    This goes to show why the party needs a treasurer whose loyalty is to the party rather than personally to the chairman. The current treasurer has some explaining to do on why he signed off on this crap.

    The party needs grassroots candidates, not henchmen of any chairman candidates, running for all six of the state party offices that are elected by the executive committee after the convention.

  3. Vernon Hill
    May 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm


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