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Kelly v. Dallas: You say REFUND, I say PARTY CONTRIBUTION.

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” — Cool Hand Luke, 1967 ________ I guess it is all in the eye of the B.S. artist.  In an earlier post, we raised questions about a $5000 payment from NCGOP headquarters to the campaign of state Rep. Kelly Hastings, while he was in the midst of a heated primary. The controversy now has two of the NCGOP’s intellectual giants, Dallas Woodhouse…

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#ncga: “Walkin’ Kelly”

That’s the nickname appended to House District 110 representative Kelly Hastings (R). Its origins?  If a vote, that is either controversial or complex to understand comes up for a vote, Hastings vanishes.  In other words, he takes a walk. It’s been giggled about around Jones Street for years, but this year –amidst a tight GOP primary in the 110th district — the story may have some traction.  Hastings, clearly worried…

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#ncga: Kelly Hastings, losing it?

We may be talking figuratively AND literally here.  (More than just a primary election…) Long-time readers of this site may be familiar with state Rep. Kelly Hastings  — who works harder than ANYONE on Jones Street to squeeze an extra dollar (or A HUNDRED) out of his position for his and his family’s benefit. His campaign reports are full of things like, oh, extra mileage and per diem payments above and…

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Kelly Hastings’s 2015 campaign reports: So, um, *nice*, they got filed THRICE!

I for one am not comforted by guys and gals, charged with making important dollars-and-cents decisions for our state, struggling with properly filling out their campaign finance reports.  (Looking at YOU, Mr. Saine.) For Speaker Moore’s carpool buddy Kelly Hastings, it took THREE ATTEMPTS (and two years) to get his 2015 campaign finance reports filed properly with the state board of elections. The “trouble” appeared to center around payments from…

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#ncga: Kelly Hastings and his campaign finances. (*SIGH*)

We’ve reported at length on state Rep. Kelly Hastings and the, um, adventurous style with which he manages his campaign finances. His year-end 2017 report is living up to the reputation of his previous filings. His report shows he’s spent $20,136.70 this election cycle — despite only recently gaining a primary opponent. His report shows that Hastings’s campaign has made “debt payment(s)” to Hastings totaling $8,547.59 for the election cycle….

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#ncpol: Kelly Hastings’s head EXPLODES.

That Svengali of campaign finance is convinced they’re out to get him: What’s he talking about?  WHO is he talking about?  He’s talking about Charlene High, his first-ever GOP challenger for his House seat.   (Kelly himself got elected in 2012 by challenging a sitting GOP legislator.) Bashing her for knocking on doors?  Kelly has never done that?  No one in  the House GOP caucus has ever done that? Also, painting…

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#ncga: A primary for Kelly Hastings

He’s played games with his campaign fund — paying himself, paying family.  He’s taken a walk on key votes in the House.  He’s hung so close to leadership (i.e., Speaker Timmy) that he has a permanent brown stain on his nose.  His unfiltered Facebook commentary has provided plenty of comedy that I am sure he did not intend.  (He’s publicly inquired and speculated about buying a new car with those…

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#ncga: STILL paying themselves with campaign funds

Let’s look at our buddy Kelly Hastings’s end-of-year campaign finance report.  The Republican state representative from out west had NO opposition in 2016. He’s made a habit of paying himself AND family members out of his campaign fund.   In his fourth quarter report, Hastings was a wee bit upside down.  He shows receipts of $1,758.42 but expenditures of $4,175.16.  Spending more than you take in?  *Where on Earth do…

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#ncga: Kelly Hastings. No opponents. But STILL paying himself from campaign funds.

You would THINK that the current predicament Fletcher Hartsell finds himself in would be making some folks on Jones Street think a little harder before they act.  But apparently THAT is not the case. We’ve written previously about Kelly Hastings, a Republican legislator from Speaker Tim Moore’s neck of the woods.  We found all kinds of instances of payments to himself, his wife, and family members coming out of his…

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#ncga: (*SIGH*) Another one.

It looks like Jason Saine has some company.   Senator Fletcher Hartsell has been dragged into court for alleged abusing his campaign funds for personal benefit.  Jason Saine — chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee — has not.  State Rep. Kelly Hastings — a close ally of Speaker Tim Moore like Saine — also had no primary opposition and has NO general election opponent.   Yet, his campaign finance report indicates $76,709.56…