This Democrat leaning outfit has been apparently trying to mess in Republican elections in the area. Imagine that.
They’re back and the Iredell GOP has just filed an electioneering complaint against them with the Iredell Board of Elections.
The complaint letter says that Our Schools First was formed as a PAC to work specifically on a bond referendum and they are not supposed to have corporate sponsorship — yet they do, to the tune of over $89k.
Here’s the letter:
The Iredell Republican Party
PO Box 292
Troutman, NC 28166
February 10, 2016
Ms. Becky Galliher
Iredell Board of Elections
203 Stockton Street
Statesville, NC 28677
Dear Ms. Galliher,
I’m writing to express my concern and to request a formal investigation into the Bond Referendum Committee known as Our Schools First (also known as Mooresville & Iredell & Mitchell Schools First). According to campaign finance filings in your office, the Committee is organized as a Bond Referendum Committee. As I’m sure you are aware, Bond Referendum Committees are organized for the purpose of supporting or defeating a bond referendum and are exempt from restrictions that prohibit donations from corporate sponsors. According to their reports, Our Schools First has received $89,500 in donations directly from corporations.
My concern is the committee is being used to improperly influence the upcoming Republican Primary election for County Commissioner, a matter completely unrelated to the bond issue they were established to support last election cycle. My theory is based upon candidate questionnaires that were mailed last week to Republican candidates for county commissioner. I have enclosed a copy of this questionnaire and of the postmarked letter from their committee. Furthermore, Diane Hamby, one of Our Schools First chief organizers, as reflected in their campaign finance reports, is a Democrat who has also filed for County Commissioner.
Based on these facts, I can only assume that this committee is intent upon circumventing campaign finance law. I appreciate your investigation into this matter.
Iredell Republican Party
PS: There are also discrepancies in their 2015 Mid-Year Report and Year End Report. Namely a $40 check that lacks a required purpose that is made out personally to Lisa Gill, an organizer of the committee. There is also a $521.98 disbursement made to no one, but for the purpose of “clear up discrepancies found in books after Frank Rader’s death when books were passed to Vickie Sawyer.” Where did this money go? Finally, the Full Name, Mailing Address & Phone number field in the CRO 1310 Disbursements Year End report are incomplete.
Supporting documentation was also apparently sent:
- Our Schools First Disbursement to Iredell County Democrat Party
- Our Schools First – Contributions to Dems Letter
- Our Schools First Survey Flier
I’ve been told that the Iredell Board of Elections has opened an investigation into Our Schools First and an audit is going to take place.
Well done, Iredell GOP!
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