RALEIGH, N.C. — A voting rights organization has asked North Carolina election officials to scrutinize spending by a nonprofit group for equipment for a television studio in the office of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.
Democracy North Carolina Executive Director Bob Hall wrote a letter Monday to the state elections board seeking review of $60,000 in purchases by what’s called the North Carolina Promotion and Development Fund.
WRAL-TV reported the fund owns the equipment, which Forest can use to produce videos about issues important to him. One fund donor is a longtime Forest supporter.
Forest’s chief of staff told the station neither the studio nor other items purchased by the fund will be used for campaign purposes, but Hall wrote the equipment looked like a campaign contribution that violates elections and disclosure laws.