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Good government watchdog calls out flood of pot, casino cash flowing to NC lawmakers

BY: - August 28, 2023

Veteran campaign finance watchdog Bob Hall, the former longtime executive director of the group Democracy North Carolina who helped expose former Democratic House Speaker Jim Black’s corruption in the early 2000’s, is out with another damning bit of research. In a press release distributed this morning, Hall called attention to the fact that North Carolina […]

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Elections watchdog files complaint targeting big video poker campaign contributions

BY: - May 31, 2023

Six prominent GOP lawmakers identified as having received “bundled” donations Veteran North Carolina elections watchdog Bob Hall filed a detailed complaint on Tuesday with the State Board of Elections alleging campaign finance malfeasance by members of the video poker industry. The following is from the complaint: Hall’s complaint points out that state law requires individuals […]

Elections watchdog files complaint targeting Justice Phil Berger, Jr. contribution

BY: - May 16, 2022

Bob Hall calls for Board to issue “cease and desist” order to NC for Justice PAC Veteran North Carolina campaign watchdog Bob Hall filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections today in which he asked for a ruling that Supreme Court Justice Phil Berger, Jr.’s campaign committee made an illegal contribution to a […]


Op-ed: A prediction for North Carolina’s partisan gerrymandered maps

BY: - February 2, 2022

Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only one making predictions today. Veteran government and political watchdog Bob Hall has a must read op-ed in the Winston-Salem Journal with his own prognostication about how the state Supreme Court will handle the latest redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled legislature. (The future of those maps will be back in […]

Ohio GOP legislators hire Raleigh lawyers who defended NC’s racial gerrymanders

BY: - December 7, 2021

Defending themselves against accusations of gerrymandering, the Ohio House speaker and Senate president hired a team of lawyers with a history defending North Carolina against what a federal court called one of the “largest racial gerrymanders ever encountered.” A spate of special interest and voter advocacy groups have filed four lawsuits alleging that Ohio officials […]

Government watchdog files ethics complaint against powerful state lawmaker

BY: - August 19, 2021

Chair of two House education committees failed to disclose his wife's connection to charter school Rep. John Torbett, chairman of the state’s influential House Education K-12 Committee, is the target of a Legislative Ethics Committee complaint alleging the Gaston County Republican failed to disclose that his wife serves on a charter school board that receives state funding.


The Carolina Sunrock mine sparked a zoning referendum in Caswell County. Now conservative groups are accused of illegal electioneering to defeat it.

BY: - February 9, 2021

The controversy over a proposed mine and an asphalt plant has escalated to allegations of illegal electioneering and subterfuge — tactics that might have changed the outcome of a contentious zoning referendum in Caswell County. Two formal complaints have been filed in connection with the referendum:


Campaign watchdog’s complaint: Two more state lawmakers engaged in unlawful Berger-like double-dipping

BY: - October 7, 2020

Bob Hall reiterates call for Senate leader to pay back per diem funds Earlier this year, as readers will recall, veteran North Carolina campaign finance watchdog Bob Hall helped prod the General Assembly and State Board of Elections into adopting new bars on the practice by which a state lawmaker would “double dip” when it […]

Veteran government watchdog files new complaint against Sen. Phil Berger over townhouse purchase

BY: - August 11, 2020

Bob Hall cites recent ethics rulings which bar elected officials from using campaign funds, public reimbursement to purchase real property North Carolina state President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R -Rockingham) should reimburse the state for at least $50,000 in subsidies that he received for living expenses in recent years according to a new complaint filed […]

Watchdog files complaint over NC Heritage PAC, Sons of Confederate Veterans

BY: - January 22, 2020

Citizen watchdog Bob Hall filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections Wednesday alleging the NC Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans illegally financed a political action committee that attributed donations to individuals who were not true donors and filed false campaign finance disclosure reports with the state board. The Sons of Confederate […]

Veteran watchdog files campaign finance complaint against House Appropriations senior chair

BY: - January 3, 2020

Citizen watchdog Bob Hall filed a complaint today at the State Board of Elections claiming the senior chair of the NC House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Linda Johnson (R-Cabarrus), has not disclosed receiving more than $20,000 of contributions that political action committees (PACs) report sending to her campaign since 2016. Hall sent out a news release […]

Winston-Salem Journal: Berger’s unethical mortgage deal

BY: - November 15, 2019

Last week, veteran political watchdog Bob Hall filed a formal complaint with the State Board of Elections questioning Senate President Phil Berger’s practice of paying himself “rent” from his campaign funds that he is then using to purchase real property. While Berger has said this is not improper, Hall maintains the Senate leader should stop […]