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2020 Filing and Retirement Tracker

See who is running (and who is not running) for NC House, Senate, and top-ticket statewide offices in 2020. This page will be update daily during the candidate filing period which runs December 2 to December 20, 2019.

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Are Trump's tariffs to blame for Rep. David Lewis's crushing debt?

Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett) is being sued for more than $2.5M in unpaid debts by two large ag companies, both of which claim they sent multiple collections letters but received no response. Lewis’s financial struggles first made the news in October when WRAL found out he took a half a million dollar loan from a man later indicted on a bribery charge and two other six-figure loans over the past year and a half. 

Headlines including “North Carolina soybean farmers take a hit due to US-China trade war,” “NC farmers caught in crossfire of escalating trade war,” and “NC tobacco farmers, already reeling, face new threat from tariffs” show that Lewis’s story sounds familiar to many farmers across the state. Sadly, even the second-most powerful Republican lawmaker in the NC House does not appear to have enough clout to force the NCGOP stand up for NC farmers and stand against President Trump’s trade wars.

Lewis said his farm “got into a real bind” that was worsened by the fact that most banks and lending institutions have cut off farms. National reports show this is a common story as cash flow problems have pushed many farmers into bankruptcy. Lewis, who operates three businesses in addition to his farm, collects a per diem for serving in the NCGA, and until last year worked as an insurance salesman, can’t be faulted for failing to diversify.

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UPDATED: Real Facts NC seeking records from Senator Bishop on his meetings with lobbyists and connections to NCGOP Corruption Scandal

Update: View the records we received from Sen. Bishop's office in respose to this request here.

Real Facts NC seeking records from Senator Bishop on his meetings with lobbyists and connections to NCGOP Corruption Scandal

Bishop concealed meetings with lobbyists and distanced himself from the Robin Hayes indictment and Mark Harris election fraud. What isn’t he telling voters?

Real Facts NC filed requests with the office of NC Senator Bishop for correspondence with key lobbyists and special interests, as well as actors related to corruption within his party.

The group is specifically seeking Senator Bishop’s calendar, to understand who he meets with in his public office, information Senator Bishop previously refused to share. Senator Bishop’s refusal to share who he met with underlines the inexplicable fact he was the only Senator, of either party, to vote against legislation that would make prescription drugs more affordable.  

Real Facts also seeks Senator Bishop’s correspondence with Rev. Mark Harris, who he endorsed, as well as Kelly Tain, Bishop’s long-time campaign manager and a political consultant. Tain also worked for Harris on his now-invalidated campaign for the 9th District seat that was “tainted” by election fraud. 

Records concerning Bishop’s ties to recently indicted NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes are also sought to find out if he is using his public office for political work.  Bishop tried distance himself from Hayes and  outgoing Executive Director of the NCGOP Dallas Woodhouse in recent weeks. 

 

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The definitive timeline of Mark Harris and the NCGOP’s changing relationship with Red Dome, McCrae Dowless and Absentee Ballot Fraud in NC09

With some new and conflicting information already coming to light during the hearings Monday morning it is time to set the record straight on the changing way in which the NCGOP and Mark Harris have defined their relationships with Red Dome, McCrae Dowless and NC09 absentee ballot fraud.

TL;DR

  • Mark Harris definitely lied.
  • Absentee ballot fraud in NC09 was bad enough to make Dallas Woodhouse physically ill, but not bad enough to warrant an investigation and hearing.
  • Red Dome still silent despite paying Dowless more than $131k. 
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Video: Wilmington conservative radio show host to Dallas Woodhouse: “[Democrats] have been targeting several of our Republican incumbents for the last couple of months. I would just to say that we need some support”

Friday morning Republican Party leader Dallas Woodhouse was a guest on conservative radio show The Big Talker. On the show, conservative host Joe Catenacci called out Woodhouse and the “top brass” in the NCGOP for failing to help Republicans running for legislative seats in south…

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Campaign Finance: 1st Quarter, 2018

Campaign finance reports for the first quarter of 2018 were due at the end of April. Here, we've aggregated the information for the candidates we highlighted in our Races to Watch Report. We will be updating these tables as the last few reports are submitted. Be sure to subscribe to our feed for daily updates on campaign finance. 

Find campaign finance information for NC House of Representatives candidates here

Find campaign finance information for NC Senate candidates here.

 

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Video: Dallas Woodhouse says Cambridge Analytica did not break the law with data leak, “that’s the kind of thing we routinely do”

The recent data breach that harvested data from 50 million Facebook users without their consent has garnered international attention and implicated the NCGOP. Yet state party leader Dallas Woodhouse, after a brief window of distancing himself from the scandal, has doubled down in defiance.

Woodhouse explained in a radio interview Tuesday morning “that’s the kind of thing we routinely do.” 

Both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook are in the business of selling information, Woodhouse said, “I’m not convinced this company did anything wrong.” Cambridge Analytica has since been suspended by Facebook.

Woodhouse claimed that what Cambridge Analytica did was “not against the law,” despite the apparent use of foreign nationals in campaign work

Finally, when asked if the NCGOP plans to hold a press conference, Woodhouse responded, “I’m not having no press.” 

Not only did Woodhouse fail to acknowledge the violation of the privacy rights of thousands of North Carolinians, but he clearly plans to use similar tactics in the future.

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