A decorated government watchdog is attributing years of illegal political activity to the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. in a new complaint to the State Board of Elections, recommending major penalties against the pro-Confederate nonprofit that received a $2.5 million trust and $74,999 payment through backdoor dealings with the UNC System last November.
Former executive director of Democracy North Carolina Bob Hall filed the campaign finance complaint Wednesday morning. Earlier this month, The Daily Tar Heel reported that the SCV has been violating federal tax laws, illegally facilitating political donations and operating a political action committee in violation of its tax-exempt status for years.
The DTH’s reporting prompted Hall — whose decades of public interest work has, among many things, garnered him a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” — to begin his own assessment of the SCV, as well as the viability of taking his own legal action.
After about a week of follow-up research and interviews, Hall said he had corroborated the DTH’s reporting.
Now, his complaint calls for an investigation and extensive action by the state’s election authority, including the forfeiture by various Republican officials of thousands in past contributions they've received from the SCV’s illegally-formed NC Heritage PAC.
The five separate enforcement actions recommended by Hall are as follows: