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VOTE 2010: State Democrats claim Goolsby and Rabon running illegal ads

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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.”

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DEMS ARE CORRUPT AND SMEAR AND FEAR=LIES

IT IS SHAMEFUL IT HAS TAKEN FEDERAL JUDGES TO ORDER DEMS HERE IN NC AND ILLINOIS TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THEY CANT WIN THIS ELECTION ON ISSUES SO THEY WILL TRY TO DO WHAT FRANKEN DID IN MINNESOTA-STEAL IT.
THE NC STATE DEMS AND OUR OWN LOCALS LIKE LEUTZ, BUTLER AND CASUEY- ARE AS BAD AS TEH REST OF THEM. TAX AND SPEND-MOVEON TYPES THAT LIE TO US DURING A CAMPAIGN AND IF WE ARE NOT CAREFUL WILL STEAL IT.
PLEASE INDEPENDENTS AND REPUBLICANS-AND EVEN HONEST DEMS-SEND THESE STATE AND LOCAL DEMS A LESSON--NO MORE SMEARS, NO MORE LIES NO TO DEM CORRUPTION

No bias here (as usual)

Your article states "The illegal ads are currently airing--". Not to suprising that the Star News has already found them guilty. I didnt see any suggestion of guilt regarding voting machines that automatically check the Dem. canidates

Potential legislators --

Potential legislators -- especially those already making a living in law --- need to follow the law. Period. The rest of us do, so it's not much to ask.

DAMMIT PICKEY

There needs to be a major, very conspicuous disclaimer - or better yet specific portion of your website dedicated to these press releases. These are very divisive in nature, and are used as a political tool by the parties to smear and derail candidates. You nor I, nor anyone reading this knows any of this to be true. Not a single word - and my guess is, it isn't. Goolsby and Rabon are not that stupid - plus, they have plenty of money to buy their own ads. I know Goolsby personally, and he would never under any circumstances approve this - if there is any truth to what happened, it was definitely an oversight.

The truth is, the democrats have had a chokehold on this state for over 110 years, and they'll be damned if they're about to give it up now. They see the writing on the wall, and they are scared senseless. They can't fight candidates who talk of low taxes and less government equaling less burden on the struggling taxpayer - they want to continue to raise taxes and increase government; thereby finishing off our economy. Since they can't go out there with the truth, they come up with pathetic flailing attempts to obfuscate the issues like this.

The first thing you read is

The first thing you read is distributed by the democrat party. No further!

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What

The Dems are really splitting hairs now. What a bunch of babies.