Over at Triad Watch, Keith has been looking over the 3rd quarter campaign report for the Geo. C. Simpkins PAC and found a curious donation: Page 3 of the report shows that Action Greensboro gave the PAC $5,000.
Keith posits that such a donation by a non-profit is possibly illegal due to their 501c(3) status.Â Over at Guarino’s blog, long-time PAC detractor, Dr. Joe asks several questions, “…Does not this give the appearance of a quid pro quo?Â Fourth, this contribution reinforces the Melderec con Simkins machine aspect of our local government.Â In fact, it animates it.”
Seeing large donations on the report from NC Senator-elect Don Vaughan and newly-re-elected County Commish Paul Gibson is no shock.Â Such donations are common practice among Simkins-endorsed candidates and are used to pay for mailers and other activities to help get the word out regarding endorsements.Â So, yes, “quid pro quo” has long been the status quo for the PAC and its endorsees and they make no secret of it.
But why such a large donation from Action Greensboro?Â They weren’t running for anything.Â Was it to help get the referenda passed?
I’d like to hear an explanation.