Harris unloads both barrels on Tillis for pay-to-play politics

And it's actually a legitimate complaint:

But one of his leading challengers, Rev. Mark Harris, is hoping to stir things up and is planning to repeatedly criticize Tillis's decision to remain as House Republican leader while running for the Senate. Tillis is able to raise money for his Senate campaign from lobbyists with interests before the state's General Assembly, but it's illegal to raise such funds for his state legislative campaigns. Framing the speaker's conduct as "pay to play," Harris suggested the activity was unethical.

"It would have been better judgment for him to step down as speaker. It opens the door for questions of ethics to be raised," Harris told National Journal, arguing that it could become a glaring vulnerability if Tillis wins the GOP nomination against Sen. Kay Hagan. "If I had one thing to do differently [in the campaign], I would have demanded he step down as speaker in October."

Tillis is blatantly taking advantage of a loophole in our campaign finance/lobbying laws by doing this, and it should be an issue for voters (both Primary and General) to contemplate. And unless I missed it somehow, our NC reporters have left this issue alone. Maybe he isn't "breaking the law" in the classic sense, but it is definitely newsworthy.

Comments

Now that I think about it,

I believe this issue was brought up sometime last year by Laura and/or Mark. But if so, it's worth revisiting sometime before the Primary.

Legalism

Tillis may be in technical compliance with the law, but he's blatantly abusing its intent.

I hope to see that scumbag do jail time one day in the not too distant future.

A boy can dream can't he?

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

When it's legal

only because he's running for a federal, not state office; and it would be illegal if he were running for his current office, then yes, he's blatantly abusing the intent of the law.

And he's been shaking down several parties in return for pushing legislation they want. That's precisely what the law intends to prevent. But because the money goes into his US Senate campaign account, the shakedown is legal.

Thoroughly, absolutely, entirely sleazy and wrong, but legal.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Some NC reporters

have covered it, including recently. See the links in our recent post on this topic.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

David Rouzer....

...was famous for doing it during his 2012 Congressional campaign against Mike McIntyre.

David Rouzer...

is one of the reasons that "turpitude" remains in modern vocabulary.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis