Sen. Ralph Hise Campaign Finance Hearing scheduled for Oct. 17

SPRUCE PINE — Hise’s campaign finances are undergoing an audit by the NC State Board of Elections. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17, 2018.

Ralph Hise’s mid-year semi-annual report for 2017 was submitted by Amy B Ellis, CPA. Ellis took over in May after the irregularities in Hise’s filings were found. Some of them are:

  • The reported cash-on-hand at the beginning of the period, $34,455.02, does not match the reported cash-on-hand at the end of the prior period, $33,969.82. This leaves a difference of $485.20 not addressed anywhere in the report.
  • A reported outstanding loan balance of $708.87 from an original loan amount of $857.66 leaves a difference of $148.79. Neither the original loan, nor a repayment of $148.79 is properly recorded in this or prior reports.
  • At least two reported refunds/reimbursements of $100.00 each to businesses with the notation “Check deposited in error. Refund was processed immediately upon identification.” There is no record of original contributions having been made by these corporate entities or their associates.
  • A payment of $485.00 in January to “Jamie M Miller, CPA, PLLC” for “Accounting Services”that in previous reports recorded payments to Miller for “Accounting Services/Fees” amount to $5,040 for 2014 through 2016. However campaign finance reports show the filings as prepared and submitted by Hise and/or his treasurer who was his mother until recently.

Ralph Hise has yet to address any of the identified discrepancies in his campaign finance reports including apparent unreported PAC contributions, undocumented payees and apparent overpayment of loan payments.


Special thanks to Gregg Flynn’s contributions to this article.


§ 163A-1440.  Duties of State Board.

It shall be the duty and power of the State Board:

(1)        To prescribe forms of statements and other information required to be filed by this Article, to furnish such forms to the county boards of elections and individuals, media or others required to file such statements and information, and to prepare, publish and distribute or cause to be distributed to all candidates at the time they file notices of candidacy a manual setting forth the provisions of this Article and a prescribed uniform system for accounts required to file statements by this Article.

(2)        To accept and file any information voluntarily supplied that exceeds the requirements of this Article.

(3)        To develop a filing, coding, and cross-indexing system consonant with the purposes of this Article.

(4)        To make statements and other information filed with it available to the public at a charge not to exceed actual cost of copying.

(5)        To preserve reports and statements filed under this Article. Such reports and statements, after a period of two years following the election year, may be transferred to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Office of Archives and History, and shall be preserved for a period of 10 years.

(6)        To prepare and publish such reports as it may deem appropriate.

(7)        To make investigations to the extent the State Board deems necessary with respect to statements filed under the provisions of this Article and with respect to alleged failures to file any statement required under the provisions of this Article or Article 26 of [of this Chapter] the General Statutes and, upon complaint under oath by any registered voter, with respect to alleged violations of any part of this Article or Article 26 [this Chapter of] of the General Statutes. The State Board shall conclude all investigations no later than one year from the date of the start of the investigation, unless the State Board has reported an apparent violation to the proper district attorney and additional investigation of the apparent violation is deemed necessary by the State Board.

(8)        After investigation, to report apparent violations by candidates, political committees, referendum committees, legal expense funds, individuals or persons to the proper district attorney as provided in G.S. 163A-1445.

(9)        To prescribe and furnish forms of statements and other material to the county boards of elections for distribution to candidates and committees required to be filed with the county boards.

(10)      To instruct the chairman and director of elections of each county board as to their respective duties and responsibilities relative to the administration of this Article.

(11)      To require appropriate certification of delinquent or late filings from the county boards of elections and to execute the same responsibilities relative to such reports as provided in G.S. 163A-1445.

(12)      To assist county boards of elections in resolving questions arising from the administration of this Article.

(13)      To require county boards of elections to hold such hearings, make such investigations, and make reports to the State Board as the State Board deems necessary in the administration of this Article.

(14)      To calculate, assess, and collect civil penalties pursuant to this Article.

(15)      To establish a process for determination as to whether communication is an expenditure, independent expenditure, or electioneering communication prior to the airing or distribution of that communication when so requested by an individual or person producing a communication. The responsibility for the determination may be delegated to the Executive Director. If the responsibility is delegated to the Executive Director, the process established by the State Board shall require a written determination by the Executive Director to include stated findings and an opportunity for immediate appeal to the State Board of the determination by the Executive Director.  (1973, c. 1272, s. 1; 1975, c. 798, s. 8; 1977, c. 626, s. 1; 1979, c. 500, ss. 9, 12, 13; c. 1073, s. 18; 1995, c. 243, s. 1; 1997-515, s. 7(e); 2002-159, s. 35(n); 2007-349, ss. 2, 3; 2010-170, s. 6; 2015-241, s. 14.30(s); 2016-125, 4th Ex. Sess., s. 5(k); 2017-6, ss. 2, 3, 7(k).)