Complaint re election law violations by Rep. Richard Morgan

  The gist is this:  A supposedly-independent issue advocacy political committee, the North Carolina Republican Mainstreet Committee, illegally coordinated its activities with Mr. Morgan, and at his direction used corporate contributions of as much as $100,000 to fund radio advertisements in support of his 2004 reelection campaign and the campaigns of several of his legislative allies.  

Relevant statutes, and how they apply to this case:

|  G.S. 163-278.6(6), 163-278.6(9), & 163-278.6(9a) (definitions)
|  G.S. 163-278.6(14)
  G.S. 163-278.7(b)
  G.S. 163-278.7A
  G.S. 163-278.13(a)
  G.S. 163-278.13(b)
  G.S. 163-278.14A
  G.S. 163-278.15
  G.S. 163-278.19
  G.S. 163-278.22
|  G.S. 163-278.23
  G.S. 163-278.27
  G.S. 163-278.34
  G.S. 163-278.35


  My March 7, 2006 letter to the NC State Board of Elections (Gary Bartlett, Executive Director) (with attachments) (or in html format)
      My cover letter to Kim Strach, SBOE Deputy Director, Campaign Finance
  My March 9, 2006 letter to Wake Co. DA Colon Willoughby
      Mr. Willoughby's reply
  My March 9, 2006 letter to NC Attorney General Roy Cooper
  My March 9, 2006 letter to U.S. Attorney Frank Whitney
  My May 5, 2006 sworn complaint to the SBOE
  My August 15, 2006 letter to the SBOE in reply to Morgan's SBOE subpoena

Relevant newspaper articles (with yellow highlighting added):

  1. Charlotte Observer, May 5, 2004
  2. Winston-Salem Journal, May 8, 2004
  3. Raleigh News & Observer, May 23, 2004
  4. Durham Harold Sun, June 4 or 5, 2003

Other references:

  1. NC Republican Mainstreet Committee contributor list  (From the Center for Public Integrity.)
    (You might need to install Microsoft Excel Viewer to view .xls files like this one.)
  2. Campaign finance reports for Citizens for Honesty & Integrity
  3. Campaign finance filings of the Richard Morgan Campaign Committee
  4. Campaign finance filings of the Harold Brubaker Campaign Committee
  5. Campaign finance filings of the Danny McComas Campaign
  6. 11 CFR 109.21 (federal definition of "coordination")
  7. Letter from Roger Knight & NCRMC to the SBOE (March 30, 2005)
  8. Reply letter from SBOE to NCRMC (April 8, 2004)
  9. Fourth Circuit ruling in NCRL v. Leake (September 23, 2003) (or here)
  10. SCOTUS ruling in McConnell v. FEC (December 10, 2003) (or full SCOTUS decision) (or here)
  11. How S&M Brands bought Morgan's support for $100,000
  12. NC State Board of Elections web site
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