Oct. 8, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Susan Myrick (919) 834-2099 Susan.Myrick@nccivitas.org
RALEIGH – Civitas today filed a complaint with the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE) charging that North Carolina Families First has violated state elections laws.
Civitas Elections Policy Analyst Susan Myrick said, “Civitas has asked the North Carolina State Board of Elections to open an immediate investigation of North Carolina Families First, which we believe violated state law for failing to disclose in a timely and proper manner $640,000 in television campaign ads.”
The ads, targeting specific candidates, purportedly were paid for by “N.C. Families First,” Myrick said. But no such organization has filed with the SBOE.
The group called “North Carolina Families First” did file reports referring to the ads. But those reports were filed on Sept. 19. That too, however, would be a violation of state law, for records indicate the filing was six days after the deadline prescribed by law.
Civitas will ask the Board of Elections to open an immediate investigation and, if the charges are confirmed, turn the matter over to the Wake County District Attorney for prosecution.
The complaint letter is here.
The Civitas Institute is a policy institute based in Raleigh, N.C. More information is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.