BOOM! : House GOPers vote to PULL their funds from NCGOP bank accounts

In a surprise move, the House Republican Caucus voted today to yank all of the caucus’s funds from state party bank accounts.  It has been common practice for years for the legislative caucuses to co-mingle the proceeds of their fundraising efforts with state party funds.

In 2016, House members yanked their funds from the state party when Hasan Harnett was elected state party chairman.  They discreetly returned the money after Harnett was deposed and replaced by Robin Hayes.

In 2018, however, House Republicans are divesting while their 2016 favorite Hayes is still in office.

Our moles who were in the caucus meeting when this went down say that a number of legislators accused Republican leadership of forcing the move because Tea Party conservative upstart, and Lee County GOP chairman, Jim Womack appears headed for a win in the upcoming state party chairman’s race.   Sources tell us that Republican leaders aggressively denied the charge — saying they can work with whomever wins the state party chairman’s race in less than two weeks.

Sources tell us Republican House leaders plan to set up an independent committee to manage the caucus’s funds similar to the one GOP senators already have in place. 

28 thoughts on “BOOM! : House GOPers vote to PULL their funds from NCGOP bank accounts

  1. Time to cut them from the state ex-comm and time to stop letting them use the cheap mail rate. Time to stop treating theese people as republicans just because they have R after their name on their voter card

    Legislators on the convention floor in 2016 talking about this before their choosen chairman lost the vote and now 2 years later they are still working against the grassroots to protect their power

    I wish your mole had a list of the ones that voted for and against this action

  2. if that happens we will have a chance to see how much gramps actually raised for the party without the laundering of caucus funds

    you know the concept but never see it from the NCGOP


    somebody better put a tracker on his airplane

  3. There may be another reason here. As a result of the betrayal of the GOP base in the repeal of HB2, there are going to be some primaries against the liberal Republicans who did so. The leadership may be moving the funds to make it easier to interfere in primaries.

    On another note, the Beaufort Observer really barbequed Robin Hayes in an editorial this morning:

  4. From what I’m hearing, Hayes is going down big time in this race. The grassroots are fed-up with liberal RINOs running the state party, the state legislature, and the UNC Board of Governors. Womack is hitting these issues hard and his message is getting through.

    1. The great thing about Womack is he has worked in the party and clearly sees the problems effecting the party and wants to be Chairman to fix the party and not as a title to boost his ego but to be a conductor getting all the grassroot workers the fine tuned instruments they need so the Republicans in NC can make great music together as everyone works to educate this state about the party’s platform and values to reach out and grown the party bringing back the old and bringing in the new

  5. The John Locke Foundation and most of those involved have also been a big disappointment. Turned out to be ring leaders in the establishment in Raleigh instead of disrupters.

  6. Go way up to Patrick’s post and dwell on his opening. I have never understood why R elected legislators were automatically part of our Executive Committee. The only time most of them showed up was in High Point to vote on the Woodhouse and Lewis sanctions; let’s see how many trek to Wilmington this year or Hickory next year. I welcome participation from and on all levels but don’t care much for “placeholders”. I believe it’s time for a total updating of the Plan of Organization to make it a working plan. What say you?

    1. Indeed. Our unruly servants, whom have come to see themselves as masters, are in need of a thrashing. Start by tossing them out of the ExComm. Secondly, scrap Article VII, Paragraph G to level the playing field in Republican Primaries, or at least until the legislators agree to totally repeal HB 373.

    2. Carl – Legislators have been automatically members of the state executive committee for many decades. At the time they were made members there were not many of them and they tended to be party stalwarts. That has all changed, and this issue should be revisited. With the numbers today, they should not all automatically be members. On several occasions when Tillis was Speaker, he called House caucus meetings immediately before some state executive committee meetings at the same location in order to get the House members there to vote on the executive committee. Especially with their move on ”affiliated committees”, it would be appropriate to simply delete legislators as automatic members. There was an effort in the 1980s, when legislative numbers on the ExCom were still a good bit lower than today, to delete legislators as automatic members, which failed by a narrow vote in the Plan of Organization Committee.

    3. I agree totally, Carl Mischka! There are legislators like John Blust, Larry Pittman, and Michael Speciale who pretty much always show up for ExCom meetings because they actually care about what is going on, but they are the the rare exceptions. The only purpose for most legislators to be on the ExCom is to be called in by the GOPe when they’re afraid they’re going to lose a vote. It would be nice it we could at least get to vote on PoO changes this year at Wilmington, instead of wasting so much time like we did last year. I am so tired of all the games.

  7. There are actually two Republican parties in NC, as in most states. First, there are the grassroots workers and voters who elect the Republicans. Then, there is the RINO Establishment which betrays everything the voters thought they were achieving. It’s really that simple. You see it played out on just about every issue and, most importantly, in appointments. It happens at the state level and it is on steroids in Washington.

  8. I can remember when Republicans where in the minority back before 2010, it was only one party back then. Everyone remember how Conservative we all where at heart? Now its hard to understand who is the conservative and who is not. Why do we have to be in the minority to agree?

  9. The word on the street is that the PoO Committee appointed by Hayes and by the rogue Central Committee is proposing to reduce the number of grassroots members of the state Executive Committee while keeping all of the legislators. If true, that despicable power play needs to be defeated. Funny thing, but I cannot seem to find a copy of their report on the NCGOP convention page.

    1. John, I will forward a copy in the AN but not sure it will be the final copy presented, possibly in haste, Friday afternoon. Your concerns are included.

  10. Politics has all become a game where those moving the pieces, as well as the pieces all vie for status and perceived power. They have forgotten the electorate, nay worse, they have transposed “their” needs for those of who they represent [term used in the loosest of of context].

    The “party” serves the electorate first, themselves second. Until this is obvious, I will continue to hang up on GOP party fundraisers as they seek more and more to do less and less with.

  11. I have left the Republican Party in favor of following a conservative agenda. My donations go to conservative candidates only. No committees no organizations only conservatives. It is difficult to determine who is really conservative but I’m trying .

    1. I watch the endorsements of groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth, who are good reliable conservative groups to point me to the key candidates to send contributions to.

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