Woodhouse's Carolina Rising gets free pass from FEC

Apparently blatantly violating campaign laws is no big deal to Republicans:

Dallas Woodhouse, who ran Carolina Rising in 2014, could not be reached for comment Friday night. He is now the N.C. Republican Party’s executive director. Carolina Rising indicated on its 2014 tax form that its mission was to promote limited government, low taxation and a thriving economy.

After the 2014 election, the Center for Public Integrity found that Carolina Rising ran nearly 4,000 ads praising Republican Thom Tillis in the U.S. Senate race. Tillis defeated Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Center for Responsive Politics published documents showing that Carolina Rising had used 97 percent of its revenue to pay for those ads, and that most of the money, $4.82 million, came from a single donor.

We might as well not even have a body like the FEC, if they can't (or won't) act on something so obviously unlawful. As far as reaching Woodhouse for a comment, he's probably passed out on a couch somewhere, sleeping off another celebratory drunk.



Way to ruin my day.

A day without hearing this guy's name is a day in the plus column for me. It's not that I mind his politics (okay, actually I do), but jeez, what a jerk.

When I talk publicly about the rare combination of immoral and ruthless behavior, this is what I mean. The fact that Woodhouse considers it a compliment makes him all the more an ass.

Sorry! :)

A dose of Dallas after all the other crap that's been thrown at us is hard to stomach...

Yes and no...

It took some time, but the $4.8 million "donor" was eventually identified as Crossroads GPS. Unfortunately, their handful of wealthy donors are still anonymous:

Crossroads GPS, the powerful nonprofit corporation founded by Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, bankrolled most of the money that Carolina Rising spent on TV ads that helped Thom Tillis defeat Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate last year.

The latest records show Crossroads GPS provided 98.7 percent of Carolina Rising’s funds. More than half of Crossroads GPS’ money came from three donors that gave at least $10 million each. One of the anonymous donors contributed $20 million.

And this is why ...

... the left needs hackers.

It took some time, but the $4.8 million "donor" was eventually identified as Crossroads GPS. Unfortunately, their handful of wealthy donors are still anonymous.

Yep, and did more looking

It seems like Crossroads entered this and other races in tandem with a PAC run by Mercer's money, after Mercer donated to them. Mercer is also the money behind Trump, and yes, this now ties him to 3 PACs and a large individual donor behind Tillis. Money rules are for us little people. The Mercers (Bob & Rebekah, father & daughter) seem to have not only gotten the Kochs to sit this one out by out-donated the Kochs to the Koch's own PACs. I don't know much about them, but they seem to feel the Koch's positions are too far left for them, and the Koch's moved too slowly. Renaissance Technologies is the place the money comes from. The CEO is the Trump/Tillis backer. The Chairman of the Board was Hillary's #3 largest single donor according to Forbes. What has Citizens United unleashed ...

I want to live in boring times.