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The title says it all, former North Carolina Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt is indeed writing campaign contribution checks to at least one right wing tea party Republican named Justin Burr. Mr. Burr represents House District 67 in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Check this out—Justin Burr has Democratic competition.
Here’s what happened:
John Frank, with the News and Observer, originally broke the story that campaign finance reports show former Gov. Jim Hunt contributing $1000 to the Justin Burr for NC House committee. Here is a link to the original story: News and Observer, Raleigh NC
What is interesting about this story is that it was buried in the nosebleed section of the newspaper but it was easy enough to find for people who read the paper every day. And uncharacteristically odd of the News and Observer and all the other media outlets is that no one ever bothered to follow up with former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt or Tea Party Republican Justin Burr to get his their side of the story.
Public records obtained from the North Carolina Board of elections show with 100% accuracy that Jim Hunt indeed, donated the money.
Justin Burr—For The Record:
Justin Burr’s Voting Record: In A Nutshell—It Sucks!
Justin Burr Get’s A Grade Of 0 (Zero) and Voted For The 20 Major Bills That Will Hurt NC Citizens!
**But, in case you don’t remember take a look at how he (Justin Burr) actually voted and do and do you think this is the kind of Tea Party Republican
who deserves to get a $1000 campaign donation from a 4 term Democratic Governor?**
Justin Burr voted to lay off about 4,000 teacher assistants, increases class size, freezes teacher pay, ends their tenure and extra pay for advanced degrees, diverts $10 million from public to private (including religious) schools through vouchers, and cuts 2,400 slots for pre-K programs. Voted to raises co-pays and cuts eligible doctor visits in half for Medicaid enrollees; cuts funds for minority economic development programs and distressed communities, for Prisoner Legal Services and for related services. Burr fails to invest savings from closing prisons in community treatment programs to reduce recidivism; it underfunds mental health programs; and more. House: Conference Report, second reading, 66-52. Senate: Conference Report, third reading, 32-17.
Cut Earned Income Tax Credit (H-82); Medicaid f or the poor (S-4). This law denies 500,000 poor NC families health-care insurance coverage under Obamacare, starting Jan. 2014; Cut unemployment (H-4); Voted for voter ID, less early voting, no straight party ticket and voted against “Stand By Your Ad”; Burr voted FOR fracking, against water clean up and coastal environmental protection. http://www.democracy-nc.org/downloads/ReportCard2013.pdf
2012 Provides the best amount of data to determine who and what has contributed to Justin Burr. Interestingly, Duke Energy, Progress Energy and BB&T are among some of the top contributors:
And, to top matters off, there seems to be a little excitement among some Dems with what Rep. Justin Burr did next. Justin Burr campaign financial records indicate that within less than a month, he turned around and contributed the exact same amount, $1000 to the committee to elect Susan Martin. Susan Martin is the North Carolina House Rep. for the eighth District of North Carolina. Interestingly, that is the same district in which former Gov. Hunt lives. And, check this out, she’s a Republican.
The above picture is Republican Rep. Susan Martin North Carolina House District 08. Oh by the way, maybe she can take some of that $1000 that Justin Burr donated to her campaign and buy a map. Apparently she doesn’t realize that that sweet potato field she is standing in the middle of isn’t even in her district.
So if we were to connect the dots, and draw some semblance of a timeline, we would see that Gov. Jim Hunt wrote a check for one thousand dollars to Republican Justin Burr. Justin Burr then turned around and wrote a check for $1000 to the campaign of Republican House member Susan Martin. Meanwhile, I’m standing over here in the corner jumping up and down; wondering why is a former Democratic Gov. writing a tea party candidate a check.
At this point, I will say that some people have speculated that it (Hunt’s $1K donation)had to do with Justin Burr’s ability to keep Smart Start funded and pretty much off of the chopping block. Even John Frank thought that made sense when I told him about it. So maybe this is a payback. But, it all seems more than coincidental.
What Would Have Happened If…?
Not too many people like “what if” scenarios and I can understand why. But this particular situation reeks of what I consider to be a double standard within the North Carolina Democratic Party and the top movers and shakers especially should be cognizant of this fact. The chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party Randy Voller took a trip to Las Vegas many months ago to raise money for North Carolina Democrats. The chairman was criticized excessively over that trip. Meanwhile not very long ago, after a very unfortunate mishap between a Democratic operative and a television reporter– which led to major miscommunications and half-truths—the Chairman found it necessary to pledge $5000 of his own money to the North Carolina Democratic Party– as a sign of party unity and loyalty. Even that was questioned inappropriately and with malice I might add, by the same reporter, who apparently has trouble vetting sources for stories– when she threw out an already beat-to-death issue of the chairman’s internal revenue situation.
So, what would have happened within the Democratic Party if Chairman Randy Voller had actually been the one to detonate $1000 to a tea party candidate? Many within the Democratic community are already calling for his resignation citing trumped up allegations and psudofacts.
Several weeks ago I reported on this blog and on the radio that attempts were being made to call for a vote of no confidence against the chairman. Now by some reports it seems that a complaint has been filed and levied with the Council of Review, by at least one Democratic leader. Sources within the North Carolina Democratic Party have confirmed to me that Chris Hardee third district Congressional chair, has actually been the one to file a grievance.
This is the same Chris Hardee that for quite some time has been ridiculed and labeled as a do nothing congressional chair, who doesn’t even live in the district. Secondly, this is the same Chris Hardee, Democratic chair of the third congressional district, who has had complaint after complaint levied against him for his flaccid handling of the third district, in his lackadaisical management style. Some complaints have even gone as far up the ladder as to reach the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party himself. So I would actually –at this point –question the validity of any claim and wonder whether or not it was a form of payback in a vindictive means to get even against Randy Voller.
At the end of the day why does any of this matter? Because the Democratic Party can and should do better than this. This is the party that is supposed to be about the people, not about corporate sponsorship, not about the 1% and the tax breaks–and not about egotistic maniacs jockeying for power plays.
Ever since, the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Randy Voller, made public his determination to build the party from the bottom up in a grassroots initiative (such as the Howard Dean model) to bring the party back to fruition– there have been people within the Democratic machine who have clamored to take the chairmanship away from Voller by most any means necessary.
And it is wrong. It is wrong especially when we have do nothing congressional chairs, who drop the ball election cycle after election cycle. It is wrong when we have former Democratic leaders who we do not hold accountable for making dumb decisions –while at the same time trying to take down elected Democratic leaders because the Democratic machine has a hidden agenda.
I am not for first person to blog about this; I don’t suspect I will be the last in some point. I think someone will ask the former Gov. to at least explain himself.
This is from NC Blue and it provides more links than I have enclosed.
—–Who is Jim Hunt raising money for again?
Submitted by WakeVerifiedVoting on Wed, 03/26/2014 – 11:59am
A Feb 01 Charlotte Observer story told us something we already knew – that Jim Hunt (and others) are forming SuperPACs to raise money to influence elections. He declined to elaborate on the group and exactly what they are doing even at the Sanford-Hunt-Frye fundraising dinner where he was a speaker.
That same weekend, the N&O’s John Frank reported that Hunt donated $1000 to Tea Party Republican Justin Burr during the 3rd quarter of 2013.
ONE MORE FUNDRAISING NUGGET: Former Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt gave state Rep. Justin Burr, a Republican budget writer, a $1,000 contribution Oct. 12, campaign finance reports show.
Burr’s campaign reports filed (scanned upside down) with the NC State Board of Elections shows that $1000 donation from Hunt to Burr (page 2 of contributions).
No one in the media appears to be interested in why former DEMOCRATIC Governor Jim Hunt would want to donate such a large amount of money to a Tea Party Republican legislator who isn’t even his representative.
Perhaps Frank got tired of reading the Burr report upside down, but he missed something very interesting that appeared later in the same Burr report – a $1000 donation made by Burr’s PAC on 11/22/13 to Rep. Susan Martin © on page 1 of disbursements. That was just days after his PAC made $250 donation to the NC GOP, and cut a check to the NC GOP House Caucus for $10,000.
In case you think it’s a mistake – it also appears on her report as a donation recorded on 12/02/2013.
JUSTIN BURR FOR NC HOUSE
125 SOUTH 3RD STREET
ALBEMARLE, NC 28001
Other Political Committee Contribution
1 Check $1000.00
Susan Martin is a GOP House member from the 8th District – the same district where Jim Hunt is registered to vote.
In case you missed that – Burr made a $10,000 donation to the NC GOP House Caucus, a $1000 donation to one individual House member Susan Martin, and $250 to the NC GOP.
Had Frank bothered to check Burr’s campaign finance reports, he’s see that while Burr’s PAC donated to the NC GOP and GOP House Caucus, it didn’t give any money to ANY other INDIVIDUAL candidate other than Martin.
I have to ask why Frank or others aren’t asking Hunt to explain his donation to Burr? Giving to Burr who then gave to Martin gives the appearance that Hunt “laundered” the money through Burr’s campaign when it was intended for Martin all along? Granted this was before the start of the filing period, and it may have been that Hunt didn’t know of any Democrats who would be running for the House in his district. But Jim Hunt isn’t just any old Democrat. He served 4 terms as Governor, in two different 8-year runs. He was the titular head of the NCDP, and is routinely trotted out as a Democratic figurehead to raise money and give us marching orders to help get Democrats elected.
Other than the Sanford-Hunt-Frye Dinner, I don’t really know how he’s involved in raising money for the Democratic Party or otherwise build the Party. He’s clearly involved in a SuperPAC supposedly raising millions to elect Democrats to the Legislature. But he won’t give us any details about it.
Perhaps that’s the reason why he’s fronting for this SuperPAC anyway – to disguise the fact that many big donors don’t want it known who they are donating to – and whose influence they are trying to buy? But if Hunt, his minions and the rest of the Democratic Party “establishment” (the 1%) expect to be taken seriously by rank and file grassroots Democrats (the 99%), they can’t be keeping this stuff hidden from us.
Remember – in 2008 the NCDP dispersed $7.7 million, candidates got $3.9 million (consultants got some of that), but consultants got $1.9 million. All of that information is available through various public records.
The hush-hush work done by Hunt and others for these SuperPACs and other 501©3/4 “leadership group” makes everything they do – such as moving the Hagan campaign over to the Wake County Democratic Party – look very suspicious! But Hunt’s donation to Burr and then Burr’s donation to Hunt’s State Representative look even more suspicious.
We deserve more and better from folks who want to lead us – even from the past!
If anyone feels this blog post is inaccurate in any way—I encourage you to contact me and provide sound argument. I would also encourage you to come on my radio show to discuss these issues and how it relates both to the Democratic Party and those we claim to represent.