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Friday, March 15, 2013
NC GOP files FEC complaint against McIntyre.
IT'S ONLY A COMPLAINT NOW, BUT IS MIKE UP TO HIS OLD TRICKS? PROBABLY
Verne Strickland Blogmaster / March 15, 2013
YOU GOING TO TRUST THIS GUY WITH YOUR FUTURE . . . AGAIN?
The N.C. Republican Party says U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre violated
campaign finance reporting laws by failing to file reports on time and
not disclosing individual donor contributions, according to a complaint
In a letter sent Friday, the NCGOP said McIntyre did not itemize
contributions to the “McIntyre 2012 Victory Fund,” required under
campaign finance laws. The fund was a partnership with the N.C.
Democratic Party. The NCGOP says the victory fund can’t list money from
lump sums and didn’t disclose individual donor contributions.
“It is our position we need transparency,” said Mike Rusher, chief of
staff for the North Carolina Republican Party. “The voters have the
right to know where the money is coming from.”
McIntyre also failed to file a statement of organization within 10 days
of filing for office for the 2012-14 election cycle, according to the
GOP letter. Under campaign laws, “McIntyre for Congress” was required to
file a statement of organization within that time frame.
“Not only did the Committee fail to file a Statement of Candidacy
within the prescribed deadline for the 2013-2014 cycle, it has neglected
to do so at all for the past 2 election cycles,” Rusher said in the
letter. “In fact, the Committee’s most recent amended State of Organization was filed January 18, 2007, for the 2007-2008 election cycle.”
The Mike McIntyre for Congress Campaign Committee said Monday the
Federal Election Commission has not contacted them about issues with the
“We faithfully work with the FEC to ensure that we are meeting all of
our obligations and requirements,” the committee said in a statement
Monday. “If the FEC requires any additional information, we will provide
it. If the FEC informs us that we need to amend our reports, we will
As of Monday, the FEC had not processed the complaint.
McIntyre was recently re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
in a very close race against state Sen. David Rouzer, R-Johnston. During
the past two election cycles, Republicans have targeted McIntyre’s
seat. Rusher said Friday’s letter is not a political attack in what will
likely be another bitterly fought race for the 7th District.
“We have to hold him accountable for his reports,” Rusher said.
“Congressman McIntyre has been doing this for a very long time. He knows
The 7th Congressional District includes parts of Bladen, Columbus, Duplin, Hoke, New Hanover, Robeson, Sampson, Brunswick, Pender and Johnston
counties. It was drawn during the once-a-decade process of redrawing
state and congressional election districts based on the U.S. Census to
help a Republican candidate unseat the nine-term Democrat.
McIntyre has not yet indicated whether or not he will run again in
2014, according to his office earlier this month. If he does run, he
will face more than just a GOP challenger. New Hanover County
Commissioner Jonathan Barfield has already announced he will challenge
McIntyre for the Democratic Party nomination.