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[#ncga] Credit Cards, SOME candidates: A speaker and his campaign money

We’ve been accused of being a little harsh on a certain little guy from Kings Mountain.  But House speaker Tim Moore’s third quarter campaign report has some good to go along with the questionable. We raised questions earlier about his monetary haul, his lack of…

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#ncga: Two firms (on the same day) SHOW Speaker Tim the Money ($12K !!!)

“Show me the money !!!”  –Rod Tidwell, Phoenix Cardinals and Jerry Maguire, sports agent   Twelve large is a lot of money for three people to dump on one legislator all on ONE DAY who (a) does not represent their home communities, and (b) has no…

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#ncga: Jason Saine, no opponents but STILL hoovering up that special interest cash

Yessirree.  We’ve heard all about the esteemed chairman of the House Finance Committee, the gentleman from Lincoln County, and his amazing rise from unemployment to finance kingpin. His skill at “appropriating” his campaign funds toward *important campaign tools* like  new clothes ($19,000-plus), iPads, airline flights, travel…

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Campaign $$$$ shenanigans: A Woodhouse family affair?

The revelations from James O’Keefe’s videos about Brad Woodhouse and his group inspired one of my associates to make a comparison to the Carolina Rising affair of 2014 and 2015.   You may remember that Dallas Woodhouse headed up something called Carolina Rising during the campaign…

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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…

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#ncga: Still shaking the Lumbee money tree

There were all kinds of private meetings in the office of speaker Tim Moore.  All kinds of cash has moved between Pembroke and legislator pockets.  SB554, allowing private developers to build and lease school facilities — while being paid rent with instructional funds — appeared…

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#ncga: Naming Names. (Jason Saine, Kelly Hastings, Tom James … )

On the face of it, H1042 looks like good policy.  It appears to require candidates for office to account for EVERY DIME their campaign takes in.  If a person gives you ONE DOLLAR, you need their name, address, and occupation for your campaign report.  Some…

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Jason Saine: No primary or general election opposition. Over $122K in “campaign expenses.”

Politicians like to talk tough on ethics — banning gifts from lobbyists, limiting contribution amounts, that kind of thing. But what does all that matter when people with interests before a particular legislative body simply donate to a pol’s “campaign fund” which is then used…

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Anti-conservative Super PAC may be in legal hot water

In an earlier post, we introduced you to the Conservative Future Fund (CFF) which has been hammering conservative candidates — most notably, state Rep. Justin Burr. Records on file with the state elections board identify a $25,000 contribution to the CFF on March 9, 2016…

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#ncga: More on the redistricting ruckus

Another important revision to the election process pushed through by the honorables:  Runoffs are not just canceled for the congressional races.  They are done away with for EVERYBODY.  So, you could very well have party nominees emerge from March or June with 25 to 30 percent…