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Goodwin says Causey's campaign violates rules in race for Insurance Commissioner

Posted August 1, 2012

— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, a Democrat, charges in a complaint with the State Board of Elections that Republican challenger Mike Causey has violated campaign finance rules. 

For those who don't know, Insurance Commissioner is one of 10 statewide independently elected position and will be on the ballot this fall along with candidates for governor and attorney general.

In the complaint, Goodwin alleges that Causey failed to file electronic disclosure reports as candidates who raise more than $5,000 are required to do. And, Goodwin says, Causey has failed to report advertising either purchased or given on his behalf. 

Causey, who serves as his campaigns own treasurer, said he did not know about the electronic filing requirement until he got a notice recently from the State Board of Elections. 

He said he hadn't heard about the complaint until contacted by WRAL.

Goodwin also charges that Causey did not report ads purchased in Collision Expert News, an industry trade publication for which Causey writes. According to its website, the magazine circulates to more than 6,000 body shops, parts departments and individuals in the insurance industry throughout North Carolina. Goodwin's complaint, which contains a number of exhibits, breaks down along two basic lines:

  • Ads that appeared with a "paid for" disclaimer do not show up on Causey's reports. 
  • Editorial material that Causey wrote for the publication would seem to further his own candidacy. 

A review of Causey's campaign finance statements by WRAL did not identify any ad payments. Causey said that he believed he had reported all ad spending properly by planned to double check after reviewing the complaint.

"If there's something that should have been reported that hasn't been, we'll take care of it," Causey said.

Leveling campaign finance complaints against opponents is not unusual in North Carolina. It tends to get attention from those covering the campaign (witness this blog post) and suggest that ones opponent doesn't know or care about the rules. 

"In essence, the complaint is about both fundamental fairness and transparency in our elections," Goodwin said. "He should follow the law and play by the rules the rest of us do." 

In an e-mail, Gary Bartlett, director of the State Board of Elections, said his office received Goodwin's complaint Tuesday and is still reviewing it. 

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  • miolla Aug 7, 2012

    socratesnc1973 says ponder this....if so why would he be upset?
    Is goodwin not in support of small buisiness in nc, no matter
    what profession and connection to the insurance industry. We all know insurance companies try to control every aspect of repair and treatment weather in the automotive industry or health care or home repair. They care only about the bottom line
    not the quality of repair or treatment. No middle ground. the cheapest wins which most often results in problems for the consumer. What ever happened to choice? Mike cares.

  • wesncary Aug 7, 2012

    @socraresnc1973.....I am not upset with any light shining on any business profession, Are you familiar witht he new Heathcare reform 80/20 If not then do some research and maybe that will shed some light on some things

  • socratesnc1973 Aug 6, 2012

    @miolla, talking about Mike Causey in an earlier comment below, wrote "It has been 10 years since he ran for office,i am sure things have changed in the Board of Eletions since then that Causey was not up to date on."

    You must not have checked the board of elections website. Though Mike Causey hasn't run for state insurance commissioner since 2000, he did maintain and keep open a candidate campaign committee during almost all of the last ten years and he ran for the state senate in-between. There is no excuse for him not knowing the rules and laws because he has had that committee open even when he wasn't a candidate and provided campaign reports then. And campaign treasurers, including candidates who serve as treasurers, have to follow the law and keep up with any changes in the law.

    Ponder this ... Wouldn't it be interesting if wesncary is a body shop/collision repair person? That would explain why he's upset at the light shining on his profession and its support of Causey.

  • wesncary Aug 6, 2012

    Get ready for part two of allegations...... Wasting tax payers Money......Stand up and be heard Vote no to re-elect Mr Goodwin

  • wesncary Aug 6, 2012

    The total money that was given to canidates in nc are the numbers in prior post ..........

  • BailChick Aug 6, 2012

    PBRAD WROTE:

    When I read some of the accusations that are being made against Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and his department, I find it funny that some in the group of people making these outlandish comments are some of the same people who have pending criminal charges that were brought against them by the Department of Insurance. This is no surprise to me.

    WELL HERE WE GO AGAIN...PBRAD, YES SOME PEOPLE DO HAVE TRUMPED UP CHARGES BY THE NC DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE'S ROGUE INVESTIGATOR. IT IS ALL BEING INVESTIGATED! SO I GUESS WE CAN SAY THE SAME ABOUT YOU PBRAD, IT DOESN'T SURPRISE MANY OF US BY YOU COMING ON HERE MAKING STATEMENTS WHEN YOU ARE ON THE NORTH CAROLINA BAIL ASSOCIATION AND BILL 738 WAS PASSED IN YOUR ASSOCIATION'S FAVOR! NO MATTER WHAT IT WAS NOT DONE WITH INTEGRITY!

  • miolla Aug 6, 2012

    johnqpatriot says some of the people posting opinions are ridiculous.He also states some folks are making accusations about Mrs.Goodwin. I have not seen any accusations...just that
    a eybrow was raised concerning something that was heard.There is a difference and it should be noted so. If anyone is making a mountain out of a molehill it is Goodwin. If Causey needs to correct his filing procedures i am sure he will do so. It has been 10 years since he ran for office,i am sure things have changed in the Board of Eletions since then that Causey was not
    up to date on. No excuse, he will correct them.

  • wildpig777 Aug 6, 2012

    lemme tell you the dirty lil secret in bail bonding-- every county in the state has its lil perferred list of bail bondsmen and those are the ones that get all the bizness... it's a sleasy bizness that is supported by all the magistrates offices in the state-- TRY THAT ONE ON FOR SIZE.

  • pbrad29694 Aug 5, 2012

    I have had the pleasure of knowing North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin for the past several years. Commissioner Goodwin and his team have worked diligently to rid North Carolina of criminal activity in the Insurance and Bail Bonding Industries.

    When I read some of the accusations that are being made against Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and his department, I find it funny that some in the group of people making these outlandish comments are some of the same people who have pending criminal charges that were brought against them by the Department of Insurance. This is no surprise to me. In my hometown newspaper we have a blog online. Every time there’s a story promoting law enforcement for a job well done, the ones that have had brushes with the law in the past get on the blog and start knocking the police. Every time we have an election for Sheriff or District Attorney, the ones with criminal charges pending get online and start damning the system. Isn

  • pbjbeach Aug 5, 2012

    THERE IS AN HAS ALWAYS BEEN TOO MUCH POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE ISSUES WITHIN ALL STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCY'S BE IT DEM OR REP THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE ONE PROTECTS THEIR INSTREST AN THE OTHER PROTECTS THEIR INSTREST NO DIFFERENCE BE THEY ELECTED OR APPOINTED THERE IS A STICK NEED FOR THER TO A LAW INSTITUTED THATALL APPLYS TO ALL STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCY'S THAT THERE BE INTGERITY AN ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ALL APPLICABLE ISSUES WITHOUT REGARDS TO THEIR POLITICAL PARTYS BE IT OVER ISSUES WITHINT EACH INDIVSUAL AGENCY OR OVER PERSONNEL ISSUES OR WHATEVER THE ISSUES MIGHT BE THERE IS AN NEED TO BE AN ISSUE OF COMPLETE AN HONEST FAIRNESS IN DEALING OF STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCYS PERIOD THANK YOU

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