Group that ran pro-Tillis ads subject of complaint to IRS

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PHOTO: carolinarising.org

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A political watchdog group is accusing a North Carolina nonprofit that ran television ads in 2014 favorable to now-U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis with violating tax rules based on its political activity.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said it filed an Internal Revenue Service complaint Tuesday against Carolina Rising.

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The group says Carolina Rising’s 2014 tax return showed it spent about $4.6 million on advertisements, an amount equal to nearly all its contributions. The group says Carolina Rising should be investigated for failing to primarily engage in “social welfare” activities.

Dallas Woodhouse was Carolina Rising’s president and is now the North Carolina Republican Party’s executive director. He says such complaints are publicity stunts and Carolina Rising’s operations complied with the law.

Tillis defeated Sen. Kay Hagan last November.

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