An attorney for Americans for Prosperity is asking the State Board of Elections to dismiss outright a request for information regarding its recent television advertisements, calling it harassment.
Bob Hall with Democracy North Carolina, a liberal advocacy group, asked the state's election agency to clarify whether the ads count as electioneering communications because they mention Gov. Bev Perdue, who still has an open campaign account. If they count, AFP would need to disclose donors. (More background here.)
In a letter to the state elections agency, Steven Long, AFP's attorney, wrote that "frivolous and baseless complaints motivated by the desire to harass, such as the one presented by Mr. Hall, amount to an abuse of process and should be rejected summarily by the state board to send a signal that more authority than one man's unfounded conjecture is required to merit the state board's time and attention."
Read the full letter below. Gary Bartlett, the election agency executive director, said he expects to respond to Hall's request early this week.
letter to G. Bartlett.pdf