Davis responds to campaign finance claim

Published 6:26 pm Thursday, May 5, 2016

The review of an alleged campaign finance violation against Republican Derik Davis continues.

In his response to a notice of complaint he received from the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Davis contends he did nothing wrong.

Davis is one of four Republicans seeking a seat on the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners this election cycle. On April 13, Republican Gary Brinn, vice chairman of the Board of Commissioners and who is seeking re-election to the board this year, filed a complaint alleging that Derik Davis violated campaign-finance laws. Brinn’s complaint alleges Davis’ campaign did not report expenditures related to paying high school students to distribute campaign literature. Brinn’s complaint contends state law requires political campaigns to report such payments in campaign disclosure reports and identify those receiving such payments.

Brinn’s complaint alleges the students worked for the Davis campaign prior to Feb. 29. Davis contends payments to students occurred after Feb. 29 and will be included in the second-quarter report.

Initially filed with the Beaufort County Board of Elections, the complaint was forwarded to the State Board of Elections. Sheryll Harris, a compliance specialist with the State Board of Elections, is handling the complaint. She sent the notice of complaint to the Davis campaign, which had until April 25 to respond to the allegations. In an email, Harris said she has not concluded her review.

In a notarized response dated April 21, Davis wrote: “In response to the complaint filed in your office regarding specific reporting of expenditures for my campaign. The monies were expended after the deadline for the first quarter report filing and will be reported on the second quarter report due in July.”

The response was received by the State Board of Elections on April 22.






About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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