Unidentified Tillis campaign money raises questions

Unidentified Tillis campaign money raises questions

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 31 at 8:11 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Political campaigns disclosed how much cash they raised in the last year, and House Speaker Thom Tillis from Cornelius is taking some heat.

As money pours into North Carolina in a big political year, these disclosure forms become more important.  But Tillis, one of the most powerful leaders in the state, has left gaping holes in his report.

State law requires candidates to identify the employer and job title of any donor who gives over $100.  That way you can track what businesses or interest groups give to which candidates.

In the case of 99 contributors totaling more than $91,000, Tillis just reported "information requested."

Even when the donor was former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Jim Pendergraph, Tillis reported that he didn't know the employee of the donor.

"There's no effort to hide anything. All this will be covered in an amended report. Some information didn't get there quickly enough," said Jordan Shaw, a Tillis spokesman.

But Bob Hall of the campaign finance reform group Democracy North Carolina criticized Tillis.

“It is sad 10 years after we gave Jim Black an 'F' for similar failures, we're seeing the same things again, especially since Republican leaders promised greater transparency,” said Hall.  “It looks like we're going backwards." 

Democracy North Carolina protested Tillis at a Belmont town hall meeting Monday night.

The speaker was on the road Tuesday and could not be reached for comment.

The I-Team will continue to look at campaign finance statements this year.
 
 

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