The N.C. Democratic Party on Thursday filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Carolina Rising, a political nonprofit formed earlier this year by the former state chapter head of Americans for Prosperity, Dallas Woodhouse.
The complaint contends that paperwork the organization has filed isn’t sufficiently transparent. It notes the group filed records indicating that about $2.8 million of air time was purchased in September through a single vendor, Crossroads Media LLC, which handles accounts for prominent national Republican politicians and organizations.
“It is simply not reasonable to conclude that a newly formed non-profit could raise nearly $2.8 million without an implicit or explicit understanding of how the funds were to be spent,” according to a statement the Democratic Party released.
Democrats say the airtime benefited Thom Tills’ bid for U.S. Senate. They contend disclosure must be made of anyone making a contribution to further electioneering communications.
Woodhouse formed the group in April to support free market, education and government reform policies. He issued this statement in response to Thursday’s complaint:
"This complaint is laughable. Carolina Rising operates fully within the law. It is the policy of Carolina Rising to only accept donations for general obligation purposes. As the President of Carolina Rising, spending decisions are mine in consultation with our Board of Directors.
“We have been successful in raising significant dollars this year because of our commitment to truthfully speak to issues and avoid personal attacks. Our educational issue efforts have been informative, truthful, positive and accurate. This is why we are successful and why we are being unfairly attacked.
“As always when Democrats can't win in the court of public opinion they pull out their bucket of slime, lie about their opponents and run to big government and the courts for more bites of the apple. It is a shame their party has turned against the First Amendment and free political speech.”