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Tomorrow’s GOP leadership today. Building corrupt grassroots politicos from day one.

Local GOP orgs know no boundaries either — one group is taking advantage of the elderly. In Durham, the Herald-Sun reports on these shady fundraising tactics.

“The Herald-Sun reported Thursday that the College Republican National Committee has received at least 87 percent of its North Carolina donations from people who list their occupation as retired. Most of those contacted by The Herald-Sun were in their 80s.

This campaign season, the CRNC has raised more than $6.3 million nationally, putting it in the top 15 political groups tracked by the IRS. The group raised $93,280 in North Carolina.

Because the CRNC solicits under different names, such as the National Republican Task Force and the National Republican Victory Campaign, many seniors have donated to the group repeatedly, often several times in a single day or week. Many had made more than 50 donations since January, sometimes totaling thousands of dollars.

When asked about their giving, many of them had little understanding of how much they had donated or where their money was going. The group’s high-pressure mailings, which often play on senior citizens’ emotions, suggest that the money would help re-elect President Bush and other Republicans. But according to the Center for Public Integrity, which monitors campaign spending, the CRNC has spent at least 83 percent of its proceeds since 2000 on direct mailings and other fund-raising expenses.

Officers with the CRNC have refused to answer questions about the organization.

‘You’ve got to talk to somebody else,’ CRNC treasurer Paul Gourley said Friday when reached on his mobile phone.

Gourley’s name and signature appear on many of the group’s solicitation letters, but he refused to say whether he stands behind the fund raising.

In Washington, Lindsay Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, the core organization of the party, said the RNC “is in no way affiliated” with the CRNC, although the RNC still has a link to the CRNC on its Web site.

In Durham, John T. Plecnik, policy adviser for the Duke College Republicans, said his group also has nothing to do with CRNC fund raising and encouraged donors to give directly to the Duke group instead of to the CRNC.

Oh and here are the NC Chapter Chairs:

* North Carolina Chapter Chairman Information

* Appalachian State University Tom Greene

* Campbell University Bret Thevaos

* Davidson College Joseph Adams

* Duke Laura Carpenter

* Elon University Lindsey Guice

* Lenoir-Rhyne College Leslee Baker

* Meredith College Jennifer Smith

* Pfeiffer University Matt Bolen

* University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Jordan Selleck

* University of North Carolina-Pembroke Aubrey Ardiente

* University of North Carolina-Wilmington Michael Pomarico

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