Gary Pendleton’s illegal campaign signs around Raleigh are the least of his problems. Pendleton, running for NC State House District 49 against Kim Hanchette has used a facsimile of legislative letterhead to solicit votes in apparent violation of Legislative Ethics Guidelines. Pendleton is a relatively new incumbent, having been appointed 8/18/2014 to the seat made vacant by the death of Jim Fulghum. Official legislative stationery or mailing privileges may not be used to solicit votes and, according to a recipient of such a letter, it did not contain a required clear disclaimer stating that the stationery was not printed or mailed at State expense.
$31,818.36 is missing from the federal election campaign finance filings of the Marcus Brandon for Congress committee. A Pre-Primary report filed 4/24/14 showed a cash-on-hand ending balance of $31,818.36. The subsequent July Quarterly report filed 7/16/2014 showed a zero cash-on-hand beginning balance when it should have shown the $31,818.36 carried over. One $1,000.00 contribution on 5/2/2014 was reported. No expenditures were reported. The report showed a cash-on-hand ending balance of $1,000.00. An October Quarterly report due 10/15/2014 was not filed. While Cecil Antonio Brockman is still listed as the Treasurer, the July Quarterly report filed 7/16/2014 that showed zero cash-on-hand was electronically signed uncharacteristically as “Antonio Cecil Brockman”.
Marcus Brandon, NC State Representative and a congressional candidate paid a penalty of $5,000 for prohibited contributions to his state campaign committee, and may have used another prohibited payment to do so. Brandon, a Democratic primary candidate for the Congressional District 12 elections, used a check drawn on the account of his congressional campaign to satisfy the penalty imposed by the NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) as part of an ongoing audit.
The $5,000 check was given to the NCSBE on February 28th to be paid directly into the NC Civil Penalty and Forfeiture Fund on March 1st, and reported as disbursed for “penalties and fees” in a quarterly report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by the Marcus Brandon for US Congress committee. Brandon is not running for re-election to his state seat.
NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, has reportedly loaned $250,000 of personal money to his US Senate campaign committee. His Cornelius home is currently on the market for sale at an asking price of $825,000, according to Carolina Multiple Listing Services as listed on Realtor.com. His wife Susan, a real estate broker, is the listing agent at Allen Tate Realtors in Charlotte.
Real estate records indicate that a mortgage debt in the amount of $417,000 was satisfied in June. Earlier this year in February a different loan in the amount of $200,000 was secured by the property. It would appear that Thom Tillis intends to throw everything he has at the US Senate race.
Update: Tillis is selling his “domicile” but it’s not his only Mecklenburg property. He has a more valuable house on Lake Norman, and condo in Davidson. He’ll be one home less but won’t be homeless.
With a week to go to the Republican primary runoff election for NC Lieutenant Governor and early voting underway a small custom super PAC, “A True Direction Committee“, better described as a micro PAC, popped up to support Tony Gurley in his race against Dan Forest. The committee was organized June 28th by Daniel Spuller, political consultant and, fundraiser for Wake Tech Community College. There are two modest initial contributions to the committee, a $38 in-kind contribution from Spuller and $2,500 from Gurley’s Medical Supply LLC in Durham, a company recently set up by Tony Gurley’s brother and often business partner Danny Gurley. Because of the closeness of the election the full extent of contributions and spending will likely not be known until after the election.
When Brave New Films released a recent video about the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and the Wake County School Board there was an immediate and indignant response from Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity. One sentence did not ring true in the response:
Americans for Prosperity is a nonpartisan, issue-based policy organization and does not support or oppose candidates for public office.
AFP campaign finance reports submitted to the North Carolina State Board of Elections reveal that in 2010 AFP spent $189,894.00 on Electioneering Communications in support of 19 North Carolina candidates, comprised of 7 State Senate candidates and 12 State House candidates. A report compiled by the NC Free Enterprise Foundation from various sources puts the total spent by AFP in supporting the 19 candidates at $287,195.22. This is starkly in contrast with Woodhouse’s assertion that “Americans for Prosperity … does not support or oppose candidates for public office.” Continue reading
Last week I followed up my initial letter to the State Board of Elections about Justin Burr’s campaign finance reports with another letter focused on the Brooks Brothers suits:
Mr Gary Bartlett, Executive Director
State Board of Elections
Justin Burr For NC House, the campaign committee of Justin Burr
On August 4th I submitted a letter to you regarding donor disclosure anomalies in the campaign finance reports of the Justin Burr For NC House committee. Since then, at least one expenditure irregularity has come to my attention that would appear to violate Election Law 163–278.16B Use of contributions for certain purposes, specifically:
278.16B(a) A candidate or candidate campaign committee may use contributions only for…
…(2) Expenditures resulting from holding public office.
The expenditure in question is the purchase of clothing:
03/27/2011 $857.46 Brooks Brothers, Raleigh, Suits/Jackets required for session