NC: Dismissed

In North Carolina, complaints against a Democratic group and a Republican Group were dismissed.

The State Board of Elections on Tuesday dismissed all complaints filed against two national party groups seeking to influence the fall elections in North Carolina using sibling organizations.

The dismissals came after three hours of hearings by the board about the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and the Republican Governors Association. Both political organizations have raised money that has been funneled to similar state political action committees they created.

The RGA North Carolina 2008 Political Action Committee has spent $3 million for ads and mailers to help GOP candidate for governor Pat McCrory. The DLCC North Carolina Political Action Committee has received more than $1 million since early 2007 for efforts to elect Democratic candidates to the General Assembly, according to campaign finance reports.

The board voted 3-2 against a motion that would have determined the groups violated state law, despite testimony by the board’s chief campaign finance investigator arguing the law had been broken. The board’s three Democratic members voted in the majority.

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