Afternoon Testimony in Jonathan Broyhill Murder Trial—Day 1—Leaves Unanswered Questions about Former NC Rep. Brad Miller’s Campaign Finances

12Testimony on Day 1 (afternoon):

Former Treasurer of former Rep. Brad Miller’s congressional campaign committee—John Wallace was grilled even harder 10this afternoon in cross examination by Broyhill’s defense attorney.

In courtroom proceedings John Wallace—who sometimes looked shaken and nervous—testified to the following:

  • 9Brad Miller had a State Senate campaign account that was still active after years of being in the House of Representatives.
  • Wallace admitted to telling investigators that he believed Jamie Hahn (who ran Miller’s campaign through Sky Blue) “didn’t have a grip on [Miller’s] finances—of the money coming and going, in and out of the campaign.”
  • Wallace acknowledged that Rep. Miller selected donors who had given to his congressional campaignrefunded 11their donations with the understanding those refunds would then be donated to his State Senate committee account.   Why? Because Miller’s senate account owed him money and that way  — he could collect those funds.
  • Wallace also acknowledged—through 13exhibits—that some donors were refunded much more than they actually donated—causing the FEC to send letters to the congressional campaign committee in Oct of 2012.

Testimony continues tomorrow.

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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2 Responses to Afternoon Testimony in Jonathan Broyhill Murder Trial—Day 1—Leaves Unanswered Questions about Former NC Rep. Brad Miller’s Campaign Finances

  1. Jane says:

    A quick look at the state board of elections records reveals that none of these contributors made subsequent contributions to Miller’s state account after the refunds were made from the federal account. There was a substantial deposit of $20,000 made directly from the federal account into the state account, allowing the state committee to retire about half the debt. If the refunds from the federal account did not get returned into the state account, which was the purpose of making the refunds from the federal account in the first place, then where did the money go?

  2. Gary says:

    Why would there be an outstanding loan from the candidate to the STATE campaign committee ten years after Miller was last a state candidate/elected official? Where was the proof that there was even a loan made in the first place – ten years earlier?

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