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Former Election Consultant Indicted On Federal Fraud Charges PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 13:54

A federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an indictment charging LESLIE MCCRAE DOWLESS JR.,age 64,of Bladen County,with one count of theft of government property, two counts of social security fraud, and one count of false statements. 

According to the publically filed indictment, DOWLESS is alleged to have unlawfully obtained Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Title II Retirement Insurance Benefits (RIB) by failing to notify the Social Security Administration of his income while receiving those benefits. Specifically, between in or around March 2017, and in or around November 2018, DOWLESS received over $100,000 in payments related to work he performed during the 2018 Midterm Election.  During that time, DOWLESS continued to receive SSI as well as RIB while concealing his work activity and earnings from the Social Security Administration.  As a result of his concealment, the Social Security Administration overpaid DOWLESS more than $14,000 in benefits.    

If convicted of the charge of theft of government property, DOWLESS faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  If convicted of the charges of social security fraud, DOWLESS faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  If convicted of making false statements, DOWLESS faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  Each count in the indictment also subjects the defendant to a term of up to three years supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  His initial appearance is tentatively scheduled for May 11, 2020, at 9:30 am, in Wilmington.      

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Tamika Moses.  Ms. Moses is an attorney with the Social Security Administration’s Office of the General Counsel, designated to prosecute federal crimes involving Social Security in the Eastern District of North Carolina.


Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2020 14:33
"Women For Tillis" Team Announced PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 11:49

The Tillis for Senate campaign today announced the leadership team of its “Women For Tillis” coalition. This group of 17 women from all across North Carolina will lead the effort to organize those who support Senator Tillis, as well as assist the campaign in spreading his pro-women record across the state from now until November.

“I am honored to have the support of these influential women from across our great state,”  said Senator Thom Tillis. “It’s imperative that we have all hands on deck so we can win in November, and all of their efforts will be critical to our success. I am proud of the work I’ve done in the Senate to increase wages and employment opportunities for women, and with the help of strong coalitions like ‘Women For Tillis,’ I know we will be able to expand upon these achievements and continue to serve North Carolinians well.” 

“Thom has been a champion for women his entire life and it is comforting to have him representing North Carolina and our interests in Washington, DC. I’m thrilled to chair the ‘Women For Tillis’ coalition and am looking forward to when I can resume traveling across the state to work with the other members of our movement and ensure that Thom is re-elected,” said “Women for Tillis” chairwoman Susan Tillis.

The co-chairs of the “Women for Tillis” leadership team are: 

*             Kristin Baker, Cabarrus County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Lisa Stone Barnes, Nash County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Amy Kate Budd, Davie County

*             Pearl Burris-Floyd, Gaston County

*             Debra Conrad, Forsyth County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Sharon Decker, Rutherford County

*             Holly Grange, New Hanover County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Julia Howard, Davie County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Pat Hurley, Randolph County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Helen H. Laughery, Nash County

*             Nancy Mazza, Guilford County

*             Pat McElraft, Carteret County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Helen Pannullo, Brunswick County

*             Michele Presnell, Yancey County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Sarah Stevens, Surry County, Member, NC House of Representatives

*             Sarah Verardo, Union County

*             Donna McDowell White, Johnston County, Member, NC House of Representatives

NC Democratic Party Will Hold Virtual State Convention PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 09:12
The North Carolina Democratic Party today announced it will hold its State Convention virtually on June 6, 2020. 
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the NCDP has adjusted a number of its forums and meetings to digital platforms, in accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s guidance on social distancing. On April 25, the Party held its County Conventions in 92 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, with record attendance at many of the virtual gatherings. The Party’s District Conventions will be held virtually on May 13. 
“As our state begins to reopen in phases, it’s critical that we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our members and the general public,” said NCDP Executive Director Meredith Cuomo. “While we won’t be gathering in person for this year’s State Convention, moving to a digital platform gives us a chance to rethink our traditional format for this event and find innovative ways to energize our members as we look toward November. After the incredible turnout we experienced with our County Conventions in April, we’re eager for Democrats across North Carolina to rally together and unite behind our slate of candidates.” 
The State Convention will consist of sessions on party business, including the election of at-large and PLEO (Party Leader and Elected Official) delegates to the Democratic National Convention and Presidential Electors. The Convention will also include appearances by statewide candidates and special guests. More details on the format and program will be announced in the coming weeks. 
Democrats in North Carolina have seen a groundswell of enthusiasm in recent months, with turnout for North Carolina’s Primary on March 3 that surpassed Republican turnout by a wide margin and beat Democratic turnout in 2016 as well.
This past weekend, more than 100 volunteers took part in the Party’s first ever Digital Day of Action, which resulted in more than 22,000 calls made and over 9,000 Twitter messages sent. 
Tillis And Cunningham Agree To September Debate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 May 2020 08:42
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Senator Tillis today accepted an invitation to participate in a U.S. Senate candidate debate that will be hosted by Nexstar on September 22nd. The hour long debate will take place at WNCN studios in Raleigh and will begin at 7:00 p.m. This is the first debate that Tillis has accepted. 
“While my focus right now is protecting the physical and economic health of the nation, there will still be an election this November and it is critical that North Carolinians have opportunities to hear directly from the candidates about where they stand on the issues,” said Senator Tillis. “I am proud of the policies that I helped implement as Speaker and in the Senate that transformed the economies of North Carolina and the nation, and I look forward to taking the stage in the fall to discuss my plans to lead us out of this pandemic and back to prosperity once again.” 
Both Senator Tillis and Cal Cunningham previously agreed to participate in three spring debates with Spectrum News beginning in April. Shortly after the March 3rd primary, Spectrum News reached out to both the Tillis and Cunningham campaigns to facilitate a meeting so that debate negotiations could commence. The Tillis campaign immediately responded with its availability to meet. The Cunningham campaign's slow response and the acceleration of the COVID-19 outbreak led all planning discussions to stall. 
“Senator Tillis consistently makes himself accessible to the media and the public, and our campaign believes it's in the state's best interest for North Carolinians to see the candidates debate as much as possible,” said campaign manager Luke Blanchat. “The Cunningham campaign clearly does not hold the same view. We are excited that Nexstar has stepped up to provide this opportunity and are hopeful that Spectrum News as well as other news organizations will issue additional invitations in the near future.”
The Nexstar debate will be carried live on television and streamed live online in the Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville North Carolina television market on CBS affiliate WNCN-TV. Additionally, the debate will be carried on Nexstar Media Group stations WSPA (CBS)/WYCW (CW) Asheville/Spartanburg, WGHP (FOX) Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, WJZY (FOX)/WMYT (MY NETWORK) Charlotte, WNCT (CBS) Greenville, New Bern, WAVY (NBC) WVBT (FOX) Norfolk, VA (covering the Outer Banks). This is the largest commercial station statewide coverage available.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2020 08:44

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