Asheboro, NC asked in Election Law for North Carolina

Q: Do Parties Have To Spend Donations on What They Promise They Will?

In NC, if a Party sends a campaign donation request to voters and says they will spend donations on a specific thing, do they have to spend that money on that particular thing? Or can they spend it on something else instead?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In general, political parties and campaigns are required to use campaign donations for the specific purposes for which they were given. However, the rules regarding the use of campaign funds can vary depending on the state and the type of election.

In North Carolina, the State Board of Elections regulates campaign finance and requires candidates and political parties to file regular reports disclosing their financial activity. These reports must detail how campaign funds were received and spent, and candidates and political parties are subject to audit to ensure that they are in compliance with the law.

Additionally, North Carolina law prohibits the use of campaign funds for personal use or any purpose unrelated to the campaign. Therefore, if a political party sends a campaign donation request to voters and says they will spend the donations on a specific thing, they are generally obligated to use the funds for that purpose.

If you suspect that a political party or candidate is misusing campaign funds, you may file a complaint with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. They will investigate the matter and take appropriate action if necessary.

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