Is the Alliance for North Carolina breaking the law?
Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory and the state Republican Party sent almost simultaneous press releases today arguing that the Democratic 527 had not disclosed its donors on time.
Under state law, third-party groups must submit a list of donors within 24 hours of running an ad. The Alliance' began running an anti-McCrory TV ad yesterday, David Ingram reports.
"This secret 527 group has launched over $300,000 worth of negative television ads without disclosing any information whatsoever," said McCrory spokeswoman Amy Auth in a statement.
But Kim Westbrook Strach, deputy director of campaign reporting for the State Board of Elections, said that they received a "timely" report today.
The report only stated that the Alliance received money from two other 527s run by the Democratic Governors Association and the National Education Association. It did not say where those donations ultimately came from.
But Strach said that met the state's legal requirements.
"I don't think the law requires the disclosure of what made up those organizations' funds, so I think this complies what the statute says they're required to disclose," she said.