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GOP: Outside group must disclose donors

The N.C. Republican Party filed an elections complaint today against a mysterious Democratic group that is running television ads without disclosing its donors.

The Washington-based Alliance for North Carolina began running the ads Thursday against Pat McCrory, Charlotte's mayor and the GOP nominee for governor. McCrory's campaign said the ad is running statewide except Charlotte at a cost of $300,000.

State law requires the Alliance for North Carolina, a so-called issue-advocacy group, to disclose donations above $1,000 within 24 hours of the start of the ad campaign. Republicans say the ad time was purchased Tuesday and that the disclosure is past due.

“We filed this complaint because the purpose of campaign finance laws are to protect the public's right to know which groups are running ads that could affect the outcome of elections in North Carolina,” Republican spokesman Brent Woodcox said in a news release. “Without more information about where this group comes from and its donor base, voters are justified in assuming the worst about the influence of shady third-party special interest groups (that) insert themselves into the Governor's race.”

Democratic consultant Scott Falmlen, who is involved with the Alliance for North Carolina, said Thursday that the group would file a disclosure report today.

Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue has denied involvement with the Alliance for North Carolina.