Posted in campaign 2018 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

#ncga: Traveling & Eating (on special interests’ dime) with Jason

Only in America — specifically North Carolina and the NCGOP — can a guy go from broke and unemployed to making major financial decisions for the future of the state and getting showered with cash.  It’s good to be Jason Saine. We’ve had quite a…

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#ncga: I KNOW I left that $17K laying around here SOMEWHERE!

The House majority leader is a busy guy.  Sometimes, all of that bookkeeping and keeping track of money stuff can get in the way.  Just look at this from his campaign consultant: […]Dear Sir or Madam, After completing our 2017 Mid-Year Report on Thursday,July 13,…

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#ncga: Paying yourself to campaign for, um, YOURSELF.

After six years of observing these folks on Jones Street, I don’t get surprised anymore.  They’ve all got campaign funds stocked mostly by lobbyists with needs from the General Assembly.  If you’re in the majority, you get a lot more of that cash dumped into…

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Hartsell sentence completes NC campaign finance law’s transformation into a BIG FAT JOKE

Legislators like to complain about how little they get paid.  But check out some of these campaign finance reports these guys file with the state board of elections.  Haircuts.  Rent. Dry-cleaning.  High-dollar dinners. Overseas and domestic travel.  Clothing. Campaign operation expenses in years when they…

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#ncga: Servicing the BIG DONORS is ‘The Agenda’

There is a lot of frustration around the Jones Street Puzzle Palace.  The General Assembly — in particular, the House — appears to be rudderless, aimless.  There is no leadership, observers point out.  You’ve got a big chunk of committees that aren’t even meeting because…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NCGOP Politics

#ncpol: Gettin’ PAID for mailing stuff

As the end of the year reporting deadline came and went, I thought it would be fun to check in on the NCGOP organization itself.  For those of you playing along at home, that’s more complicated than it sounds. To look up the NCGOP on…

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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…

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#ncga: It’s GOOD to be the Finance chairman. (CHA-ching!)

They are safe from the wrath of the voters for two more years.  So, of course, the final information for 2016 is now out. Jason Saine is quite the political Horatio Alger story.   He’s gone from unemployment benefits recipient to top of the heap — making decisions for all of us…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NC legislature NCGOP Politics

Jeter’s final campaign report: $$ for gas, ding dongs and soda; little to nothing for successor, colleagues

It hit the papers that Charles Jeter would be quitting the NC House on July 25.  Yet, instead of leaving something for his successor, sharing with his soon-to-be-former colleagues, or showing some respect for his donors, he continued to spend campaign funds on “travel snacks,”…

Posted in campaign 2016 Media NCGOP Politics

Paid by the NCGOP. Campaigning for Democrats.

The Keller family of Sanford is quite active politically.  They have family members registered Democrat, Republican, and unaffiliated.  Family members give to both parties, as well.  The Kellers were on the steering committee for an October 2015 fundraiser for Gov. Pat McCrory in Sanford.  What…