Dem-NC Complaint: Republican Group Violates Campaign Laws
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Democracy North Carolina sent a letter to the State Board of Elections on April 18, 2006, asking it to order the Republican Legislative Majority Committee (RLMC) to â€œcease and desistâ€ from continuing to â€œpolluteâ€ various election contests with corporate funds. The funds apparently come primarily from businesses linked to former Rep. J. Art Pope, a Republican who opposes a number of Republican state legislators who are seeking re-election. RLMC claims it is a 527-committee engaged only in legitimate issue advocacy and not â€œelectioneeringâ€ activities subject to regulation by North Carolina.
Democracy North Carolinaâ€™s letter says that RLMC has engaged in express advocacy (by using such messages as, “Rick Eddins betrayed the GOP, Call Rick Eddins Out”) and is therefore a political committee under North Carolina statutes and must register as such, file disclosure reports, and abide by contribution regulations. The question is not only whether RLMC has violated state laws regarding electioneering by a 527 committee, but whether it has violated the larger body of campaign-related law because it crossed the line, engaged in express advocacy, and must therefore register and behave as a regulated political committee, i.e., a PAC.
CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to the State Board of Elections
CLICK HERE to read the News & Observer story (“Under the Dome,” 4/19/06) that provides more background.
CLICK HERE to read the Charlotte Observer’s 4/20/06 news story on the issue.
CLICK HERE to read the 4/20/06 editorial from the News & Observer.