CAUGHT ON TAPE: 2014 election night video bolsters IRS complaint against new NCGOP executive director
In a bizarre election night interview, Dallas Woodhouse admitted that $4.7m in so-called “issue advocacy” TV ads were really intended to elect Sen. Thom Tillis.
The North Carolina Republican Party’s new executive director likely violated IRS nonprofit rules during the 2014 elections, according to a new report from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The 2014 tax filing for Carolina Rising shows that Dallas Woodhouse’s tax-exempt 501(c)4 nonprofit organization spent 97 percent of the money it raised during the 2014 midterm elections on ads supporting Thom Tillis for Senate.
IRS rules bar tax-exempt 501(c)4 nonprofits from spending the majority of their funds on political activity, as well as from benefitting a single individual. As Carolina Rising appeared solely devoted to electing Sen. Tillis, the group may have violated both rules.
In fact, Woodhouse’s bizarre election night interview -- in which the reporter repeatedly has to prop up a stumbling and slurring Woodhouse -- bolsters the allegations against Carolina Rising. Although the group told the IRS its work was simply “issue advocacy,” the future NCGOP executive director opens the interview by bragging about his potential campaign violations in support of Thom Tillis:
REPORTER: “You spent a whole lot of money to get this man elected, right?”
WOODHOUSE: “4.7 million dollars! We did it.”
“The truth behind Carolina Rising’s television ads seems to have come to light after a few election night cocktails,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “If the NCGOP has a scofflaw in the corner office who thumbed his nose at IRS rules governing nonprofit organizations, taxpayers deserve a full explanation and a thorough investigation.”