What was the source of the money used to fund a financial settlement after a former staffer at the North Carolina Democratic Party complained executive director Jay Parmley sexually harassed him?
That’s the question many people are asking now. Parmley resigned after the settlement with Adrian Ortega was exposed by the Civitas Institute and the Daily Caller. The articles noted a member of the Democratic Party’s Executive Council, Watt Jones, was angered not only by the sexual harassment complaint but also the atmosphere of disrespect which led to many staff members quitting.
Jones said he also wants an investigation into the source of the funding for that settlement.
Civitas Institute president Francis DeLuca filed a formal request with the State Board of Elections to investigate the settlement to determine if any public funds were used to pay off the former staffer. Any use of the tax check-off funds or contributions would have to be reported to the State Board of Elections.
“It is vital that the hardworking taxpayers of North Carolina be assured that no taxpayer check-off funds, illegal contributions or other prohibited funds were used for these purposes, and that any money involved was handled in an accountable and transparent manner,” De Luca wrote in the request.
Several key Democrats, including Governor Beverly Perdue called for party chairman David Parker to also resign. Jones also said the resignation of Parmley was not enough.