WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Republican Party has filed an official State Ethics Commission Complaint against Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover), alleging Rep. Hamilton "used her official email and title as a North Carolina elected official to solicit funds for an outside agency, Democracy NC."
On Oct. 24, an email came out from the legislative office of Rep. Hamilton with voter resources. The bottom of the email had a link to donate to Democracy NC.
To read the complaint, click here: http://bit.ly/2feyXNo
To read the email, click here: http://bit.ly/2feF58D
In an email news release announcing the complaint, NC GOP officials call Democracy NC "an exclusively left-leaning organization."
On its website, Democracy NC describes itself as "a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to increase voter participation, reduce the influence of big money in politics and achieve a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people."
Democracy NC has in the past filed or joined in lawsuits against the state over issues including redistricting and Voter ID.
"This just shows the degree to which Democratic Party extremists will go to fight having a secure and fair electoral system," Kami Mueller, spokeswoman for the NC Republican Party said in the email news release. "Let's be clear on what we are dealing with here: we have legislative Democrats who used taxpayer resources, an official state-issued email address and title, to solicit donations for far-left partisan group Democracy NC. Democracy NC has embarked on a radical witch hunt to sue the very taxpayers from which their lackey, Susi Hamilton, is illegally soliciting money. To add insult to injury, according to the Secretary of State's website, it appears that Democracy NC's charitable organization status expired in May."
A spokesperson for Democracy NC issued the following statement.
"What appears was forwarded was an email containing nonpartisan voter information provided to our email list of over 30,000 people. The email is housed in a standard template with a footer that allows recipients to donate to the organization. There is little doubt many people who received it forwarded it to others interested in basic voter information in North Carolina," Jen Jones, Communications Manager for Democracy NC, said.