The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) formed and run by former President Barack Obama and his former Attorney General Eric Holder gave the North Carolina Democratic Party half a million dollars during the 2018 election cycle.
Records show two donations from the NDRC’s PAC to the NC Democratic Party. One donation was made in June for $250,000 and a second for the same amount in September.
Only one candidate received a donation from the NDRC.
On September 13, 2018, the NDRC made the maximum donation of $5,200 to NC Supreme Court candidate Anita Earls.
Earls won her race and is now the newest member of the NC Supreme Court.
Eric Holder, chairman of the NDRC, officially endorsed Earls on September 12.
Earls campaigned with Eric Holder in Charlotte just prior to election day when an explosive video of Holder telling a group that Democrats should ‘kick Republicans when they are down’.
Records on file with the NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) show that the NDRC’s active status as a PAC has been revoked.
A Non-Compliance letter was issued on November 30, 2018, to one “Stephanie Austin” indicating a failure to submit an organization report.
On the same day, the NCSBE issued a penalty assessment letter for $500 for failure to send in an organizational report.
As of this article being published, no other correspondence on the non-compliance matter is posted on the NCSBE website.
Stephanie Dorko Austin is the president of Stephanie Austin & Associates, Inc. according to her LinkedIn profile.
According to that profile, clients of Stephanie Austin & Associates include Josh Stein for Attorney General, Triangle Family Services, Chaudhuri for New North Carolina, Roy Cooper for North Carolina, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Martin Nesbitt Campaign and former Governor Beverly Perdue.
Austin became Beverly Perdue’s Deputy Finance Directory.
Another client listed on Austin’s LinkedIn profile is the “The Five Governors Committee.” An organizational report filed at the NCSBE shows the committee was set up to support the five former governors who were opposing one of the six proposed amendments to the NC State Constitution.
The amendment in question involved changing the way judicial vacancies were filled. The amendment was defeated at the ballot box.
No other documents were filed for the referendum committee and the organization filing was found under both the name “Flippable PAC” and “Five Governors Committee.”
The organizational filing was made by Kathy Knight using a Raleigh P.O. Box as an address. The email address provided tracked back to Knight Management Advantage LLC.
Sue Until Blue
As this site reported last month, the lawsuit fundraising machine “National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) merged with Obama’s campaign juggernaut, Organizing for Action (OFA).
The NDRC formed to allegedly ‘stop gerrymandering’ and to create “fair districts where Democrats can compete.”
The NDRC’s activities, however, have shown the group to mainly be bankrolling election-related lawsuits and funding select Democrat candidate campaigns in multiple states.
North Carolina is one of the NDRC’s “2020 targets.”
The Democrat’s favorite legal ‘fixer’, Marc Elias of Perkins Coie in Washington, D.C., is also involved with the NDRC and appears to be the group’s main attorney.
Elias was Roy Cooper’s attorney during the 2016 election recount and defended Kay Hagan when it was revealed her family had questionable stimulus fund dealings.
Currently, Elias is representing Democrat Dan McCready in the NC-09 certification investigation as well as being involved in the ‘partisan gerrymandering’ suit filed the day after election day in 2018 by Common Cause and the NC Democratic Party.