In selecting an elections chairman, McCrory chose someone both experienced and with conservative credentials. Josh Howard, 39, a Raleigh attorney, was a federal prosecutor in Eastern North Carolina, heading the white-collar crimes section...Howard has said he prefers that decisions be made by local election boards. But he was the crucial vote in overturning the Pasquotank decision.
All of this suggests a level of professionalism that will be sorely tested as the new voter laws – which require photo IDs and cut a week from early voting – are put into effect. Whether the new Republican board will be equally as willing to investigate Republicans may be tested in the years ahead.
It's already been tested, and they failed miserably. And regardless of the other board members' responsibility in that failure, Josh Howard's refusal to explore the ties between Chase Burns' massive fraud of veterans in Florida and a raging river of that money pouring into NC GOP campaign war chests is beyond inexcusable:
Sweepstakes operator William George says a longtime business partner asked him early last year to write a $4,000 check to the campaign of Pat McCrory, then the presumptive Republican nominee to become North Carolina's next governor. George, 67, said he handed his donation to Hagie, who he then saw add it to a stack of checks from other sweepstakes operators. Those checks and others are the subject of a sworn complaint to the N.C. Board of Elections, which is investigating whether some 2012 political donations from sweepstakes operators violated state campaign finance laws. The elections board was scheduled to meet by telephone Tuesday for the first time since the April 22 complaint was filed, and a new five-member board McCrory appointed takes office Wednesday.
This is gonna get real interesting, real fast. If this new board tries to dismiss the complaint, the story will go national, and quickly.
Many of the sweepstakes checks were mailed to state lawmakers shortly before the November election, in envelopes printed with Moore & Van Allen's letterhead, postmarked from the firm's Charlotte ZIP code and containing the business card of firm lobbyist Tommy Sevier, according to documents obtained by the AP through a public records request. Sevier previously worked as a deputy chief of staff for Senate leader Berger and deputy chief of staff to then-U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes, current chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party.
Before you run off to the shower to wash the slime off, see where that money originated from:
“I wouldn’t know him if I saw him,” said McCrory, a Republican. “I think we got it (the checks) through the mail.” Four lobbyists at Moore & Van Allen, including a former spokesman for McCrory’s 2012 gubernatorial campaign, filed paperwork with the state Thursday severing ties with IIT.
You don't need to hire a private investigator to detect that connection. The spokesman for McCrory was also the spokesman for Chase Burns. Not only does that make McCrory's "plausible deniability" much less plausible, it also narrows the field on who asked for this money back in November:
Submitted by scharrison on Sat, 12/29/2012 - 12:36pm
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Trying to keep 1,000's employed during the holidays and revenue flowing to local governments. #NCGov #NCPol #NCGA newsobserver.com/2012/12/28/256…
On the employment angle, I'd say preserving the incomes of tens of thousands, so that money can be spent on family needs instead of compulsive wealth drain, is a tradeoff with which I'd have no problem. And as far as local governments, do you think they really want this in their communities? The main purpose behind taxes and license fees is to exert some form of control, so they won't be overran with sweepstakes parlors on every corner.
Gov. Bev. Perdue announced on Thursday that she would like to see North Carolina tax online games. In doing so, Bev joins a bevy of politicians across the state, including our own local legislator Garland Pierce, who want to tap into the cash cow that sweepstakes gambling has become.
While you're at it, why don't you come up with a fee for pimps and coke dealers, too? That's not just a cash cow, it's a whole damned herd.
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