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GOP alleges irregularities with Progress NC

The state Republican Party Tuesday asked the Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to investigate a Democratic group's fund raising practices.

The state GOP is questioning whether Progress NC, a 501 © (3)Democratic leaning group that has been highly critical of the Republican legislature, is acting properly.

State GOP Chairman Claude Pope said Progress is claiming to be tax deductible organization, even though it has not been granted tax exempt status by the IRS and its state charitable license expired May 15th.

"Progress NC doesn't pay taxes because they claim to be a tax exempt organization," Claude Pope, the state GOP chairman said in a statement. "The problem is, they have not been granted federal tax except status.''

Michael Weisel, an attorney for Progress NC said the group, which was started about a year ago, has applied for tax exempt status from the IRS, a process that typically takes 12-36 months. He noted that Renew North Carolina Foundation, the 501(© (4) non profit that is running TV ads boosting Republican Gov. Pat McCrory also has not received tax exempt status from the IRS.

Weisel said that Progress Action, a 501© (4) organization, has been granted tax status by the IRS.

He said GOP asserts that Progress NC's charitable license has expired is incorrect.

Wiesel said the "charitable solicitation license is current in and place.''

Thankful Tuesday to follow Moral Monday

Moral Monday protesters won't be the only ones rallying on Halifax Mall this week.

The N.C. Republican Party has asked conservatives to gather Tuesday at 5 p.m. for “Thankful Tuesday,” a meeting planned by a coalition of groups to thank legislators for their work, and maybe get Republicans and supporters to network.

It isn’t a counter-protest to Moral Mondays, said Mike Rusher, the state GOP’s chief of staff.

GOP calls for IRS, board of elections to investigate Blueprint

CORRECTION: Blueprint does not coordinate activities for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence as this post originally noted. The coalition is a nonpartisan, non political organization.

The North Carolina Republican Party has filed two complaints against Blueprint North Carolina, a nonprofit that distributes information and coordinates activities for a variety of nonprofits in the state.

The GOP wants the State Board of Elections and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate Blueprint for political activity that the party says is “well outside the boundaries of a charitable organization with privileged tax status.”

The GOP is referring to memos leaked to the press last week and first reported by the Charlotte Observer.

NC GOP says it contacted 200,000 voters on Saturday

The North Carolina Republican Party said it contacted a record number of voters Saturday, as part of its out reach effort.

GOP officials said nearly 3,000 volunteers made 110,000 calls and knocked on more than 90,000 doors on on what it called “Tarheel Turnout” Saturday. Besides making 200,000 voter contacts on Saturday, the party said it made 500,000 voter contacts for all of last week.

They said they saw a spike in volunteers after last week's presidential debate, in which most neutral observers said was won by Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Joe 'you lie' Wilson to campaign in NC today

South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson will campaign for the Republican ticket in Asheville on Thursday.

Wilson, who is from Columbia will speak to volunteers at the Republican Victory Headquarters in Asheville. He will talk about North Carolina's importance in the 2012 elections, according to a GOP release.

Wilson is best known for an incident in 2009, when he interrupted a speech by President Barack Obama to a joint session of Congress by shouting ''you lie.''

Wilson later apologized for the incident and the House, in a largely party-line vote, passed a resolution rebuking him.

The incident occurred when the president said his health plan would not insure illegal immigrants. Several fact-check groups said the law specifically excluded illegal aliens from participating in the health insurance program.  


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