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ONLY ON 3: Council candidate Fulton originally leaves election money to Brian Berger

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- They say politics makes strange bedfellows. A candidate for Wilmington City Council is finding that out the hard way after we've uncovered a campaign record that says if he died, he wanted to give his campaign money to a controversial county commissioner.

Among the many documents candidates have to fill out is the Candidate Designation of Committee Funds, which says where any leftover campaign money would go if they die. Some council candidates want their funds to go to non-profits or political parties. One candidate, though, originally designated his funds to New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger's campaign.

Joshua Fulton is the youngest candidate for Wilmington City Council. He's a fiscally-conservative graduate student at UNCW who says he re-designated his funds after Berger became the center of numerous controversies.

Fulton refused to talk on camera, but in a statement to WWAY said: "In February, I designated Brian Berger's campaign as the beneficiary of any campaign funds I might have in the event of my death. At that time, like the more than 30,000 people who voted for him, I thought Brian was going to be a voice for limited government and fiscal responsibility. As a result of his personal and political actions, I thought it was best to disassociate myself with him. I wish Brian well and hope he can be a voice for fiscally responsible, limited government on the county commission."

Fulton made Berger's campaign his beneficiary in February. Between February and July, when Fulton changed the designation, Berger was arrested, was involved in a car accident with questions about his insurance, got into arguments with fellow commissioners and was late or did not show up to several meetings. It was also discovered that Berger, who claimed to own his own consulting business, was collecting unemployment.

After all of the public drama, Fulton said Berger was not who he thought he was. His funds would now go to the United Way.

Fellow council candidate Margaret Haynes also chose a charity: the Domestic Violence Shelter and Services.

Ronald Sparks wants his money split between Ephesus Junior Academy and the Red Cross.

Laura Padgett's cash would go to the Making Waves Foundation of the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority.

Two candidates, Frank Meares and Neil Anderson, decided to give money back to contributors.

Napier Fuller would give his funds to the New Hanover County Republican Party.

Candidates Ricky Meeks and Matthew Hinson have not filed a Candidate Designation of Committee Funds form, because their campaign coffers are below the $1,000 threshold.

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This guy has alot of

This guy has alot of suprises up his sleeve. Please, without calling us "Haters", Mr Fulton, explain your affliation with Brian Berger, and your alledged views against Christianity.

Better Josh than Saffo stooges Fuller and Padgett

It is a sad commentary that the old guard in wilmington is on another smear and destroy campaign. They are very desparate so they create site full of untruths- rather than have voters focus on the pathetic records of Padgett and Fuller(a real lightweight realtor)-let alone Sparks and his questionable conduct. Old guard folks like McColl would like more of same-- avoid transparency, tax and spend--let's fund an arts council and ball team with public money. WE KNOW BETTER- reject the smears--Vote for Josh.Say NO to Louise McColl, King Saffo and the rest of the old guard who will do or say anything to maintain power. Let's follow the money for the past 10 years and then the smears will be exposed for the nonsense they are.


Check this site out!!!! Be sure you check it out carefully, it is worth the time, I found it very interesting to say the least.......

So Josh was an auditor at AIG.

So what! Do we know what department he was auditing, since insurance companies have auditors in most of their departments. Painting with a rather large brush, wouldn't you say? I've only listened to Josh on the radio, looked at his website, and have no idea if I'd vote for him or this point.

But the website specifically built to smear Josh gives me reason to believe Saffo, Louise McColl and her thugs are behind it.

Before this article I was

Before this article I was considering voting for Fulton. Now, I will, most certainly be voting for him.

Defeat Louise McColl, saffo, fuller, sparks and padgett

The comment above is so right-- a website designed to smear a young man--has all the smell of the old guard crowd.We have seen this garbage before and we will again. Why? McColl, Saffo and a tight group of old line dems and reps want to keep control of wilmington for themselves, developers and --and their buddies. This from the same crowd that gave you lavish spending on the Gravely, higher sales and property taxes, and wants to build a "golden" bridge and use our money to fund arts councils and ball teams --we should reject the smears. What they fear most from any independent is their loss of secrecy and special deals. Transparency and an end to annexation and wasted tax increases only came about when we throw these losers out. They represent the worst in ourselves- they can attack anyone they wish- but they can't cause us to lose sight of their years of self help.

The "real" Padgett, Fuller and Sparks-heaven help us!

When it comes to "real" what we don't need are these three misfits--just more of the same miserable crowd that has done things to help entrenched interests and themselves-- say no to these three and say no to annexation, spending and more of the same nonsense that Wilmington shouldn't tolerate.There good at spending our money- we can do better with Fulton!


Running for Political Office in the Bible belt.
I would die laughing if we didn't elect a Socialist to the Presidency in 2008.
I know we are not going to go to the polls without VETTING the candidates to the nth degree in both our local and national elections ffrom now on.

Everyone should check out the site above.

Good guys

Quite to the contrary-Josh and brian stand up for others. perfect there not but when we look at the self dealers like catlin and barffield they look mighty good

Fool me once

Fool me once, SHAME ON YOU....Fool me twice, SHAME ON ME. Let's make sure we know who we are voting for...these guys are making a mockery of the process.

This article makes the point

This article makes the point that Josh can reevaluate a situation and change course if need be. Unlike Taxo saffo and the Spendocrats. They just try to full citizens into thinking they are something they are not every election cycle.

I’ve met Josh many times. He is polite, extremely informed and does his research. If Wilingtonians want a money sink hole of a golf course, higher property tax, and pointless, business-killing regulation then stick with what you have.

He is no conservative

Josh Fulton is no true conservative.... I don't think he is even a Libertarian. I wonder if Josh Fulton even knows yet what he is. Since he seems to shift with the winds or maybe it is just from getting over puberty?
Brian Berger destroyed the Conservative movement since he was not seriously vetted. Everyone rallied behind him for he seemed to be on the right path. Now we see that he had no concept of what a true conservative is supposed to be. You cannot just talk the have to walk the walk. Josh Fulton looks to be another Berger or maybe even worse.

Background Check!

Seems this kid has enjoyed jumping from city to city, University to Unitversity, and has found an "easy locale" to HOP INTO politics and set his life course as the big mouth Liberterian, who wants people in city jobs to .... what? WORK FOR FREE with NO BENEFITS?

Is he fiscally responsibly paying for his own education??? Is he still in fine arts??? WHY?

Has he lived in Wilmington for the required time to be paying IN- STATE GRADUATE TUITION to UNCW, my alma mater?

Comeback to argue these points Fulton or, Brian Burger's handlers...whoever spots it first, as you have done when rebutting other unflattering posts.

ANY friend of BERGER is a Lunatic, sorry! I am ABLE to see right through this Bergerwannnabee, who needs to finally have something to put on a city to city hopping resume.


Fulton is a FRAUD

Strike 1 -- switch from to Libertarian to GOP right before the election.
Strike 2 -- your're from New York and just moved here.
Strike 3 -- you're just a pawn of Brian Berger his nutjobs

You must mean ricky

IF you want to use the word FRAUD- the you must mean Rick Catlin-- two faced positions and political mischief---fulton and berger arent nearly as bad as that phony.

Berger seems back on track, voting right way!

This isn't news. Berger has no campaign at the moment, and unless he's Josh Fulton's campaign manager (secretly) this is just another crass attempt for wway to draw anyone with an IQ over 80 to their station and this websuite. You should put Brian Berger on salary WWAY he's more honest than your "news" and you use him as a crutch instead of putting in the effort to find real stories.

Notice how much more focused Berger is now that the mentally disturbed teacher he was engaged or living with...certainly supports his statements about her ms blalocks mental and psychological makeup. "Cheaters never win" doesnt this heather work for head start and they've been in the real news lately, state investigations, shoddy conditions, embezzlement...isn't that right?

Berger the "libertarian" gets kudos from me for voting for the SUP for heavy industry and for being the deciding vote to not raise property taxes. Report on that wway!!!

Slow Learner

OMG...some people just never learn!

Don't let your mind wander, it's far too small to be let out on its own.

Nut job

Here we go again.... Another nut job from the Tea Party! Notice how all the posts for this new guy and Berger are during the day? I'm sure they're all home collecting unemployment like the grand master himself. How's the Cheetos Brian?


Looking at the time stamp on your post, it does seem to be a day time post.

Real job

I have a real job, work for me begins at 9, not like you losers, go back to you goverment handout and you Oprah show.

Josh Fulton is no Brian

Josh Fulton is no Brian Berger. He's the only candidate talking in concrete ways about how to get our city back on track!

Go to and find out for yourself!

Josh Fulton is a sick joke; he is the spawn of Brian Berger

This UNCW student stopped by my house -- got quite a mouth. He's a nutjob just like Berger. Two peas in a pod they are. Tell everyone you know -- this guy is just Berger's understudy -- he's a Manchurian Candidate. Trick me once ain't gonna' trick me twice. I'm on to you, Fulton. You're a liar just like Berger -- your website is full of false statements and slanders.

How is this news?

How is this news? Seriously.. How does THIS make the news... I mean I could understand if someone died. But is this newsworthy other than to rehash the Berger saga? Slow news day?

This story is not necessary,

This story is not necessary, and should not have been reported. If Mr. Fulton wants to leave his campaign funds to The Tooth Fairy thats his personal business,and does not need to be addressed. Lets place our focus on more important issues that need the attention.

Better fulton

Fulton and Berger are solid republicans. Better these young men than the self serving arrogance of the Padgetts and Catlins. They may have faults but at least they aren't the " ruling" Wilmington elite who with their buddy caster have milked our community for their benefit and not ours.

solid republicans don't keep switching parties

"solid republicans" don't jump in and out of their party registrations to suit their needs as Brian has done.
And, knocking Catlin? Are you serious? He's bee the most earnest and knowledgable conservative officeholder this community has seen in years.
You all support Berger on strictly platform and issue basis, YET you also regularly bash Catlin for petty personal political reasons. That is disingenuous and ridiculous and you ought to rethink your animosity towards him as it is petty and misplaced. Just like Brian supporters remind republicans of why they should be supporting him and leave his personal problems out of it.

CATLIN is a FRaud

It isn't petty to point out his many flips or the many projects on development he has supported over a long time period that helped him and his friends. His shenninagans with sandy best represent the worst in our politics- look in his closet before you defend- he is not what he seems.

Think before you vote...

Let's not make the same mistake we made in the County. It is very important that we choose mature, stable, and independent thinkers...these "boys" are not Republicans, they are Libertarian radicals who care about the spotlight for whatever egomaniacal reasons. Give me a smart gray headed gal or two this time around.

I'm with you...

While we made terrible choices on County and City elections in the past, none has been so grave as the mistake we as Americans made when we voted for obama in 2008, as most logical thinking people understand.
I hope that we think before we vote this time by knowing who these “fakers" are, by doing a background check. Know who is endorsing them!

I don't want any marionettes appropriating our money, and I see this fulton kid as a smart-mouthed little punk who arrived on the scene, thinks of Wilmington as Mayberry, and picked our City workers to pigeonhole into overpaid govt workers.
WHY would we vote a “new arrival“ into CityCouncil who obviously has no appreciation of the talent that it takes to run a city, with excellent city staff, who I am proud of ... each time I encounter a police professional, a firefighting professional, a trash (CDL DRIVER) professional.

This fulton kid, (a newcomer, from out of town), should be aligning himself with a job, which he obviously can't get, so he enrolls in graduate studies, and decides to run for dufos of the year, but Jason's job wasn't opened yet, so he applied for a slot on city council.

City workers, spouses and your adult kids, don't stand for this jerk who doesn't see city staff as viable hard workers...speak up, turn out on election day, and vote for a Man or a woman who appreciates that you all have not had a raise in THREE years, but come to work everyday and make your City proud.
Let me be the one to say, "Thank-you", you keep our city clean, safe, beautiful. You are worth every bit of your hard earned paychecks."

If you read Fulton's web

If you read Fulton's web page, Facebook page, and writings he is Brian Berger's twin brother. Surely there is a sour grape stuck in his throat given his rants about Wilmington City Employees. Might I add that his information is flawed greatly.