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North Carolina: elections board holds GOP group did not violate campaign law

AP reports: The State Board of Elections dismissed a complaint Wednesday against a Republican group accused of using mailings to attack GOP House members who had allied with Democrats at the General Assembly, determining that the group barely avoided breaking the law.

By a vote of 4-1, the board determined that Republican Legislative Majority of North Carolina, a so-called "527" group, didn't violate the state law that requires disclosure of donations and expenditures for mailings that advocate expressly for a candidate.

One particular set of mailings with a baseball motif urged recipients to "call out" legislators, but didn't directly call for their defeat in the May primary, even though the lawmakers were named in the fliers, a majority on the board decided. ...

The board also unanimously found no evidence that the group coordinated its work with the incumbents' challengers or the state Republican Party. -- The Sun News | 08/31/2006 | Complaint against GOP group dismissed

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