Lt. Dan’s Lindberg connection?
Robin Hayes’s relationship with Eric Lindberg earned the state Republican Party chairman a federal indictment. Now, we come across THIS on Facebook:
There were also media reports in 2018 about PACs tied to Forest getting endowed quite generously by Lindberg:
[…] Lindberg made his first $400,000 contribution to a Forest-related campaign organization in August, finance records show.
[…] But Lindberg’s political activity stepped up dramatically in the second half of 2017. Between August and December, he gave a total of $1.4 million to the NC Republican Council of State Committee, which is run by Forest and can also spend money on behalf of other GOP Council of State officials. While Forest’s campaign can only accept donations of up to $5,200 per donor, the Council of State Committee can accept unlimited contributions.
The committee was created under a 2015 law that allows groups of Republicans or Democrats in either the legislature or statewide elected positions to create fundraising committees that act like political parties, but are controlled by elected officials.
As the only donor to the Council of State Committee, Lindberg effectively bankrolled the group’s $42,000 in video equipment purchases – a move that came around the same time a nonprofit run by Forest donors contributed TV studio equipment to the lieutenant governor’s office. That studio is only used for official government business, but having video equipment at the Council of State Committee’s Raleigh office could allow Forest to produce campaign videos as he seeks to raise his profile ahead of a gubernatorial run.
Lindberg was also the sole donor in 2017 to Truth and Prosperity, a super PAC that supports Forest, giving $1 million in late December. That group – which unlike the Council of State Committee can’t legally coordinate its activities with the Forest campaign – did not have any major spending in 2017. […]
Believe it or not, we like Dan Forest around these parts. In light of today’s news involving Hayes, Mr. Lindberg, and others, we think it’s time for the lieutenant governor to persuade all of us that we have nothing to worry about in regard to his relationship with Mr. Lindberg.
Continuing to be silent won’t cut the mustard. If Forest doesn’t want to deal with it now, Roy Cooper’s opposition research team will gladly force him to do it during the 2020 gubernatorial campaign.
9 thoughts on “Lt. Dan’s Lindberg connection?”
Receiving money is not a crime. It is the improper strings that may be attached to it that would be, and there is no suggestion that I have seen of any strings attached to this money, or that Forest did anything to help Lindberg.
Are all donations connected to impropriety?
As TeaParty I have no problem eating my own when principles/rules/laws are broken..
but I’m very cautious to allow N&O direct me towards a meal.
Hey….is that Wayne Goodwin??? Hey Wayne can I speak with you?
Wayne Goodwin took lots of Lindberg money and allowed Lindberg to use different investment rules than other insurance companies. Pay to play?
Neither party will ever question its own people. Think if Lindberg had done the same exact thing for Cooper. Thin if Joe Biden was a Republican. Do you think Democrats would be saying “oh, that’s just Joe?”
By the way, the “affiliated committee” provision was slipped quietly into the conference report for a bill that had already passed the House and Senate in 2015. The House leadership did not even alert the members that this new provision – which never passed either chamber – was in this unrelated conference report. Some of us, Burr, Millis, Collins, Speciale, Pittman, etc., fought this in caucus, but as usual, members bow to the wishes of the leadership because that is how a member gets things.
also important legislators on the on the 2015 state GOP convention floor were talking about how they could get their caucus money out of the NCGOP just in case the person in the chairman’s race they wanted lost and the person they wanted did indeed loose and then what Mr. Blust described happened just to help add a little context for others that might not fully understand the timeline
The delegates voted for a party chair that the legislators did not want and then action were taken to keep that person from having a chance of success #ThisIsMyOpinion but also what I witnessed during this time from the real time events
Yes, OMG we must have been at the same convention. Coincidence, I think not.
Lt. Dan is doing right by staying out of the Lindberg-Hays mess. It’s not his mess. D trolls are hoping he will be implicated – even if only by inuendo ’cause unfortunately politics is not a blood sport in DC and we have stste elections on the horizon.
… just a blood sport in DC…
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