NC Senator Hise pays $16,700 for campaign finance audit spanning multiple years

RALEIGH — Ralph Hise faces complaints  of violating campaign disclosure laws and illegally pocketing more than $10,000 from his campaign account. Hise, a Republican from Mitchell County, represents the 47th District in the N.C. Senate that includes Rutherford County and McDowell County. Hise is running for reelection in 2018.

The complaints allege that Hise (1) illegally paid himself $10,326 from his campaign; (2) failed to report receiving $9,250 from PACs; and (3) failed to provide required information about his donors and expenditures on his campaign reports.

Hise paid Amy Ellis $9000 and then in Oct. 2017 hired  PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN for $7,700 to audit his campaign finance reports. (Story continues below report.)

Campaing Finance 2017 Year End Semi-Annual for:
RALPH HISE FOR NC SENATE [STA-U308KT-C-001]

10/27/2017 Aggregated Non-Media Expenditure Operating Expense DONATION FOR EVENT 2 Check $50.00 $100.00
11/20/2017 Aggregated Non-Media Expenditure Operating Expense PARKING 2 Debit Card $21.00 $21.00
11/22/2017 Aggregated Non-Media Expenditure Operating Expense PROCESSING FEES 2 Draft $29.30 $29.30
11/25/2017 Aggregated Non-Media Expenditure Operating Expense PARADE ENTRY 2 Check $50.00 $100.00
08/22/2017 BANKS FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY
PO BOX 181
BURNSVILLE, NC 28714
Contribution to Candidate or Political Committee 2 Check $1,000.00 $1,000.00
12/09/2017 BECKY’S FLOWERS
14776 NC-266
SPRUCE PINE, NC 28777
Operating Expense DALE SHOOK FUNERAL FLOWERS 2 Check $63.71 $125.42
08/11/2017 BLACK MOUNTAIN WEEKEND, INC
9101 FOUR ACRE CT
CHARLOTTE, NC 28210
Operating Expense CONFERENCE REGISTRATION 2 Check $359.00 $359.00
10/11/2017 CARLYLE PHOTO GRAPHICS
PO BOX 6549
RALEIGH, NC 27628
Operating Expense PAGE PHOTOS 2 Check $64.05 $64.05
12/15/2017 CHARLES TAYLOR DINNER
PO BOX 66
BREVARD, NC 28712
Operating Expense ANNUAL BANQUET TABLE SPONSOR 2 Check $420.00 $420.00
11/17/2017 COUNTRYSIDE BARBECUE
2070 RUTHERFORD ROAD
MARION, NC 28752
Operating Expense MHS FOOTBALL 2 Check $516.00 $516.00
09/08/2017 DELTA AIR
1030 DELTA BLVD
ATLANTA, GA 30354
Operating Expense FOUNDATION FOR GOV’T ACCOUNTABILITY CONF 2 Debit Card $461.60 $461.60
12/09/2017 EAST RUTHERFORD HIGH SCHOOL
331 E HIGH RD
BOSTIC, NC 28018
Operating Expense DONATION 2 Check $300.00 $300.00
08/09/2017 AMY B ELLIS
10809 GRASSY CREEK PLACE
RALEIGH, NC 27614
Operating Expense SBOE AUDIT 2 Check $9,000.00 $9,000.00
09/06/2017 HIGH COUNTRY COUNCIL
468 NEW MARKET BLVD
BOONE, NC 28607
Operating Expense ANNUAL BANQUET 2 Check $80.00 $80.00
12/31/2016 RALPH E HISE JR
INSTRUCTOR
MAYLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
44 HEMLOCK AVE
SPRUCE PINE, NC 28777
In-Kind Contribution MILEAGE PER PERIOD PER LOG $708.87 $708.87
12/31/2017 RALPH E HISE JR
INSTRUCTOR
MAYLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
44 HEMLOCK AVE
SPRUCE PINE, NC 28777
In-Kind Contribution MILEAGE FOR JULY – DECEMBER (464.4 MILES) $250.77 $1,156.20
10/26/2017 MADISON COUNTY GOP
358 UPPER BAILEY BRANCH RD
MARS HILL, NC 28754
Operating Expense FUNCTION 2 Check $200.00 $200.00
11/08/2017 MITCHELL CO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
11 CYRSTAL ST
SPRUCE PINE, NC 28777
Operating Expense DUES 2 Check $80.00 $80.00
08/22/2017 MITCHELL HIGH SCHOOL
416 LEDGER SCHOOL ROAD
BAKERSVILLE, NC 28705
Operating Expense SPONSORSHIP 2 Check $900.00 $950.00
10/17/2017 PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN
301 FAYETTEVILLE ST
SUITE 1400
RALEIGH, NC 27601
Operating Expense SBOE AUDIT CK-1 Draft $7,700.00 $7,700.00
07/07/2017 UNITED STATES POST OFFICE
899 OAK AVE
SPRUCE PINE, NC 28777
Operating Expense 2 Debit Card $16.20 $139.48
11/27/2017 WALMART
2514 HALLTOWN RD
SPRUCE PINE, NC 28777
Operating Expense CANDY FOR PARADE 2 Debit Card $57.26 $627.81
$22,327.76

Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, also sent $85,000 to the N.C. Senate Republican Caucus. Caucus staff work to elect more Democrats or Republicans to their respective chambers of the General Assembly and provide support to legislators on both politics and issues year-round.

When Hise was notified of the irregularities in his campaign finance report, Hise asked the state Board to give him 45 days – until May 5 – to respond to the charges. But as of Friday, March 9, 2018, he has not responded with amended reports.

Hise’s reports for the 2016 election cycle:

  • leave out occupational information for all 131 of his $50-plus donors
  • don’t even give addresses for six of his larger donor
  • they fail to provide addresses for dozens of the PAC donors and the recipients of Hise’s campaign expenditures.

The complaints filed by Greg Flynn highlight more than 50 transactions of loan payments and repayments listed on Hise’s campaign reports from August 2009 to December 2016. Flynn calculated that Hise reported loaning his campaign a total of $50,694.37 but he took back $61,020.98 as loan repayments, for an excess of $10,326.61 in overpayments.

Flynn also identified nine political action committees or PACs that reported contributing a total of $9,250 to the Hise campaign from August 2012 to September 2016, but Flynn could not find those donations recorded on Hise’s disclosure reports.

Records at the state Board of Elections indicate the committee paid a $50 fine in March 2015 and $100 fine in December 2014 for filing reports past their deadlines.

Contributors to Hise’s campaign are listed below:

$4,926.90

 

Date Is Prior Name Of Contributor And Complete Mailing Address Receipt Type Purpose Description Account Code Form Of Payment Amount Of Receipt Sum To Date
$18,341.01

 

David Wheeler for NC Senate District 47