THE FOLLOWING IS A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE NORTH CAROLINA DEMOCRATIC PARTY:
RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina Democratic Party announced today that it is seeking to have illegal candidate television ads being paid for by the N.C. Republican Party taken off the air. The GOP is running illegal television advertisements for both Thom Goolsby and Bill Rabon according to 3rd Quarter finance reports filed with the State Board of Election earlier this week.
The latest financial disclosures show that the North Carolina Republican Party has purchased at least $1 million in television air time, including $19, 138 for Goolsby and $37,255 for Rabon, through the media buying firm American Media & Advocacy. However, the ads being run do not bear a “Paid for by the North Carolina Republican Party” disclaimer, instead they claim to be paid for by the candidate, violating election law and subjecting the GOP possible criminal charges. The Republican candidates who have benefited from the illegal ads may be held personally liable for monetary damages under North Carolina Election law.
“Disclaimer and disclosure laws exist for a reason, and the Republican Party knowingly and flagrantly violated those laws,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Andrew Whalen. “They have illegally purchased air time across the state in an attempt to cheat television stations and mislead voters. North Carolina law provides for criminal and civil penalties for their actions, and we plan on pursuing all those options.”
By fraudulently purchasing the ads and using a candidate disclaimer, the Republican Party was able to attain a cheaper advertising rate reserved for political candidates.
“The simple fact is that the GOP knew they were purchasing this air time, not the candidates. They knowingly broke the law, and we are actively seeking recourse through every available means to prevent these illegal ads from being run,” Whalen continued.
As the Republican Party was not entitled to the candidate advertising rate, the rate discount currently stands as an illegal corporate contribution to the GOP from the television stations.
The NCDP has sent intent to sue letters to the GOP and the candidates benefitting from the illegal ads. Television stations that have been airing the fraudulent ads have also been notified.
The illegal ads are currently airing across the state including: Senate District (SD) 5 for Louis Pate; SD 8 for Bill Rabon; SD 9 for Thom Goolsby; SD10 for Brent Jackson; SD 11 for Buck Newton; SD 19 for Wesley Meredith; SD 24 for Rick Gunn; SD 45 for Dan Soucek; SD 47 for Ralph Hise; and SD 50 for Jim Davis.
NCGOP RESPONSE TO DEMOCRATS’ CLAIM
Raleigh – North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer released the following statement today concerning the North Carolina Democrat Party’s press conference:
“We have followed the letter of the law. It’s the Friday before Halloween, and I am just wondering what costumes the Democrats were wearing when they made these claims? Andrew Whalen must be fond of tin-foil hats.”