#ncga: Campaign funds to pay “COLLEGE HUNKS” ?????

No,  we’re not talking about a sex scandal here.  (At least, I DON’T THINK SO.) Jason Saine is still living the good life with his campaign treasury.  Apparently, his folks back home don’t care.  They keep sending him back to Raleigh.  Apparently, the state board of elections doesn’t care.  (Why did they care with Fletcher Hartsell or Ralph Hise, though?)  But we’re STILL going to call him out. Jason reported spending $41,465.83 for the fourth quarter of 2018.  That total includes $2043.20 for airline flights on November 29 and 30.  That was weeks after the election.  His district isn’t big…

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Fools and our money ….

In 2018, the state GOP managed to blow the reelection of a state Supreme Court justice,  FOUR appellate court races, and two super-majorities in the legislature. The state Republican majority only managed to scrape together $825 for then-Supreme Court justice Barbara Jackson in her losing effort.   Yet they managed to find nearly $11,000 for county commissioner candidates in Tim Moore’s neck of the woods.   Exhibit A: That’s right.  A 10/30/18 check for $7500 to Catawba County commissioner Kitty Barnes (R).  Apparently, someone had the good sense to STOP PAYMENT on said check on  11/2.    Exhibit B: Here we…

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#ncga: Moore money, Moore problems.

At least THAT is the name of a new website that has popped up. No, it’s not talking about my beloved county of residence, but about the pride and joy of Kings Mountain, Speaker Timmy.  Clearly the evil masterminds behind this new site are bent on influencing the upcoming vote on NC House speaker for the new legislative session.  We are still hearing  about a certain member of House leadership talking himself up as a credible candidate for speaker (should Speaker Timmy experience some sort  of legal, personal or political misfortune in the near future). The new website focuses on…

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About that BIG NCGOP $$$ to Mike Causey …

We reported earlier about some of the standout items in the state GOP’s third-quarter campaign finance report. That included $240,000 to Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey — who was not on the ballot this November. Well —  an eagle-eyed fan of this site alerted me to a  report by WRAL’s Travis Fain that may shed some more light on that transaction: State Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said Wednesday that he’s turned over a $240,000 campaign donation to the U.S. Marshals Service as part of an investigation into the state’s largest political donor. Causey said the hand-off wasn’t part of a deal…

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The tale of the campaign report (NCGOP edition)

After scrutinizing Tuesday’s results, a lot of folks from Murphy to Manteo are left scratching their heads wondering “What in the hell did they spend their money on?” Well, let’s see: $330,000 to the Florida GOP.   Nearly $100K in payroll expense for someone named Marissa Ranieri.  That’s through October 20.  We can’t find any sort of internet footprint tying anyone by that name to the NCGOP.  She doesn’t show up on the staff listing on the NCGOP’s LinkedIn page.  There does not appear to be a publicly available listing of current party staff.  (Call the office, even after hours,…

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The Anglin ‘trick play’

For those of you who may still harbor doubts that “Republican” Supreme Court candidate Chris Anglin was a Democrat plant, consider this: Through October 29, Anglin reported spending a grand total of $16,598.83.  Of that amount, $9250 was paid to Democrat consultant Perry Woods.  You can also subtract another $4500 paid in legal fees to The Forrest Firm in Raleigh.  That was for the legal fight to keep Anglin on the ballot IDed as a Republican.  Anglin’s attorney in that case?  None other than John Burns, an incumbent Democrat on the Wake County Board of Commissioners and a notorious left-wing…

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Democrats filling NC Senate GOP campaign coffers

He was one of the key money men behind a PAC that helped knock off a conservative legislator and facilitate a leftist takeover of Lee County a few years ago.  Now, Kirk Bradley — a Democrat registered to vote in Orange County — is opening up his wallet to aid Phil Berger’s Senate Republicans. Here’s the info from the North Carolina Senate Majority Fund’s (the “affiliated” campaign committee supporting the interests of NC Senate GOP interests) third quarter report: We wrote a few years back about Berger and his lieutenants making pilgrimages to Bradley’s business in Sanford. It appears those…

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#ncpol: Like grandpa, like grandson.

If you’ve ever wondered HOW Dallas Woodhouse comes up with some of the things he says and does, look no further than his grandfather, NCGOP chairman Robin Hayes: The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party faces criticism for comments he made at a recent campaign fundraiser, where some say he misrepresented campaign finance laws and possibly forecast his intentions to break them. Robin Hayes, chairman of the NC GOP, spoke at the fundraiser for U.S. Rep. David Rouzer at the Figure 8 Yacht Club in Wilmington on Aug. 10 when he asked attendees to donate to the party organization…

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#ncga: Harnett’s David Lewis moves his campaign ops to Raleigh

According to campaign finance documents, it apparently happened during the second quarter of 2018.  (June 29, to be exact.) As late as the first quarter of 2018, state Rep. David Lewis’s campaign finances were handled by TRP CPAs of Dunn, North Carolina — which is IN Lewis’s legislative district. But, on June 29th, an interesting change was made.  Amy Ellis, a Raleigh-based campaign finance guru who handles the finances of a lot of GOP bigwigs on Jones Street, took over Lewis’s campaign finances.  Also listed as a treasurer and custodian of books is someone named Jake Anthony, who has a…

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Hickory hotels donated to NCGOP?

Specifically, the party’s building fund?  That’s what the Q2 2018 report from the folks at NCGOPe HQ tells us.  On May 23, The Hilton Garden Inn and the Crown Plaza — both in Hickory — are listed as each having donated $5,000 to the North Carolina Republican Party’s building fund. The 2018 NCGOP convention was held in Hickory from June 7 to June 10. Here’s a quick refresher on political party building funds and their rules.

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