#nc-03: “Outsider” Dacey hits up DC lobbyist pals for cash (Oh, yeah. We’ve got mail!)

Congressman Walter Jones’s challenger in the 3rd district, Scott Dacey, is making a big deal out of Jones’s lengthy tenure in DC and playing up his own service to the local area. So, if you’re planning on taking that route, WHY on earth would one of your first post-announcement moves be to hit up a bunch of DC lobbyists for cash?

Here’s an email:

From: Scott Dacey <scdacey@gmail.com>
Date: July 10, 2017 at 9:44:12 PM EDT
To: “Mahoney, Dan” <dmahoney@USChamber.com>
Cc: Aurene Martin <amartin@spiritrockllc.com>, Jodi Gillette <JGillette@SONOSKY.COM>, “philip.baker-shenk@hklaw.com” <Philip.Baker-Shenk@hklaw.com>, “Paul.Moorehead@PowersLaw.com” <Paul.Moorehead@PowersLaw.com>, “jpata@ncai.org” <jpata@ncai.org>, “Mark.Cruz@mail.house.gov” <Mark.Cruz@mail.house.gov>, Larry Rosenthal <lrosenthal@ietan.com>, Scott Dacey <sdacey@pacellp.com>, Pete Kirkham <pete.kirkham@redmaple-consulting.com>, Eddie Ayoob <edward.ayoob@btlaw.com>, Mary Pavel <MPAVEL@SONOSKY.COM>, “john.tahsuda@navigatorsglobal.com” <john.tahsuda@navigatorsglobal.com>, “nighthorseconsultants@gmail.com” <nighthorseconsultants@gmail.com>, “jguzik@franklinpartnership.com” <jguzik@franklinpartnership.com>, “drhinerson@pacellp.com” <drhinerson@pacellp.com>, Jim Wise <jwise@pacellp.com>, “dhermanyhorses@indiangaming.org” <dhermanyhorses@indiangaming.org>, “vwatters@indiangaming.org” <vwatters@indiangaming.org>, “ddesiderio@NCAI.org” <ddesiderio@NCAI.org>, “jharte@mapetsi.com” <jharte@mapetsi.com>, “gsmith@hobbsstraus.com” <gsmith@hobbsstraus.com>, Jana McKeag <jmgop@aol.com>, Lloyd Benton Miller <LLOYD@SONOSKY.NET>, Jason Giles <jgiles@indiangaming.org>, Carl Duncan <cduncan@spiritrockinc.com>, “gkenny@mapetsi.com” <gkenny@mapetsi.com>, “esullivan@bhfs.com” <esullivan@bhfs.com>, “matt@lonerock.co” <matt@lonerock.co>, Tom Brierton <tbrierton@verizon.net>, Holly Cook Macarro <hmacarro@spiritrockllc.com>
Subject:Dacey for Congress

Folks – While I expect I will be reaching out to most of you individually to talk about my race, attached find a recent release announcing my candidacy for Congress, a news article from my local paper, and…..a donation form.

Please let me know if you need any other information regarding this race.

Thank you.


Okay.  Let’s look at a few of the recipients.
The VERY FIRST ONE is Dan Mahoney of the US Chamber.  (He runs something for them called The Native American Enterprise Institute.) 
Aurene Martin is a lobbyist and former assistant secretary of Indian Affairs.
Dacey sent this to Mark Cruz at an official US House email account.  (If that’s not illegal, it’s certainly on thin ethical ice.  Sending a solicitation for a political donation to an official congressional email account?)  Cruz is chief of staff to congressman Todd Rokita, and formerly worked on the Obama White House’s Initiative on American Indians. 
Edward Ayoob is a lobbyist who held a number of jobs on the staff of US senator Harry Reid (D-NV). He’s also on the Board of Governors of the Arab American Institute.
Mary Pavel is a lobbyist and former director & chief council for the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Her political patrons were Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).
John Harte is a  lobbyist who once was policy director for Democrat Senator Byron Dorgan (ND).  Harte was also once an aide to Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno.
Jason Giles is the executive director of the National Indian Gaming Association.
Veronica Waters is  Legislative Director of the Indian Gaming Commission.
Emily Sullivan is a lobbyist who formerly served as an aide to US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
Lobbyist Holly Cook Macarro is a former director of office of Native American Affairs at the Democratic National Committee.
She also worked in the White House office of Intergovernmental Affairs under Bill Clinton, and earned quite a reputation for her work with tribes on get out the vote (GOTV) efforts for Democrat candidates.