Tom Murry's Drug Money

Below is the text of a complaint filed yesterday with the State Board of Elections regarding the campaign committee of Tom Murry. You can't buy Sudafed from a pharmacy without showing ID and having the purchase recorded. Pharmacist Tom Murry has been taking money from some pharmacists without properly disclosing the origin. Some contributions are from pharmacists whose pharmacies are accredited by an organization headed by Murry.

Murry has a strange sense of ethics. He has not condemned the misleading corporate attacks on Chris Heagarty by "Real Jobs NC", led by Art Pope of Variety Wholesalers and Fred Eshelman of PPD. The fact that Murry's wife works for PPD and owns PPD stock (according to public records) may or may not have something to do with his reluctance to criticize Eshelman and Pope. You be the judge.

Mr Gary Bartlett, Executive Director
State Board of Elections
506 N Harrington St
Raleigh NC 27603

re:
NC Healthy Leadership Committee, the campaign committee of Thomas Murry
Donor disclosure anomalies

Mr Bartlett,

I am registered to vote in Wake County. I have reviewed campaign finance reports of the NC Healthy Leadership Committee, the campaign committee of Thomas Murry. I wish to file notice that the committee appears to be in violation of G.S. 163–278.11. “Contents of treasurer’s statement of receipts and expenditures”, in particular section (a)(1) Contributions.

Of approximately 180 named contributors, approximately 70 list the Job Title/Profession of the donor simply as “Self Employed” and the Employer’s Name/Specific Field as either “Self Employed” or as “Small Business”. A cursory internet search reveals that most of these donors are pharmacists. This should be known to Mr Murry, himself a pharmacist and Executive Director of the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.

For example, a contribution from Danny Barnes. The Job Title/Profession of the donor is listed simply as “Self Employed” and the Employer’s Name/Specific Field as “Small Business”. Mr Barnes is a pharmacist and owner of Triangle Compounding Pharmacy, one of just four such pharmacies in North Carolina accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.

The minutes of the NC Board of Pharmacy for November 21, 2006 indicate the Mr Murry was present at a board meeting which included a disciplinary hearing related to Triangle Compounding Pharmacy and Danny Barnes regarding a high profile case involving a death. It stretches the imagination to believe that Mr Murry does not know Mr Barnes’ occupation and employer.

Another example is Davie Waggett. Mr Waggett made two contributions. The total of these contributions is not listed as required. Job Title/Profession of the donor as “Self Employed” and the Employer’s Name/Specific Field as “Small Business”. Mr Waggett is a pharmacist who is the major contributor to the Pharmacy PAC known as the PILL PAC which has contributed to Mr Murry’s campaign. The PILL PAC reports correctly identify Mr Waggett. Again it stretches the imagination to believe that Mr Murry does not know Mr Barnes' Waggett's occupation and employer.

There are many other examples. The likelihood that approximately 70 out of 180 contributors would spontaneously and independently list Job Title/Profession of the donor as “Self Employed” and the Employer’s Name/Specific Field as “Small Business” is low. I ask that you examine these anomalies which obscure the origins of these funds, and if left uncorrected, take steps leading to forfeiture of improperly reported contributions.

Sincerely,

Greg Flynn

Comments

When the Show buys influence

They use the same standards they use for buying stuff for sale in Variety Wholesalers stores: cheap and sketchy. That's what they got in Hairdresser Boylan, and that's what they'd get in Pillpusher Murry.

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Comment deleted and commenter blocked for launching a personal attack against a BlueNC community member. Such activity constitutes stalking under North Carolina law and will not be tolerated at BlueNC.

Wake Up!

Anyone who thinks that a high percentage of self employed individuals in today's world is odd needs to wake up and smell the economy! Many people over the last 18 months have been forced from their jobs and have chosen to start out fresh on their own. There's your source for the self employed. I should know, I'm one of them.

G.S. 163‑278.11.

G.S. 163‑278.11. Contents of treasurer's statement of receipts and expenditures.

(a) Statements filed pursuant to provisions of this Article shall set forth the following:

(1) Contributions. – Except as provided in subsection (a1) of this section, a list of all contributions received by or on behalf of a candidate, political committee, or referendum committee. The statement shall list the name and complete mailing address of each contributor, the amount contributed, the principal occupation of the contributor, and the date such contribution was received. The total sum of all contributions to date shall be plainly exhibited. Forms for required reports shall be prescribed by the Board. As used in this section, "principal occupation of the contributor" means the contributor's:

a. Job title or profession; and

b. Employer's name or employer's specific field of business activity.

The State Board of Elections shall prepare a schedule of specific fields of business activity, adapting or modifying as it deems suitable the business activity classifications of the Internal Revenue Code or other relevant classification schedules. In reporting a contributor's specific field of business activity, the treasurer shall use the classification schedule prepared by the State Board.

(c) Best Efforts. – When a treasurer shows that best efforts have been used to obtain, maintain, and submit the information required by this Article for the candidate or political committee, any report of that candidate or committee shall be considered in compliance with this Article and shall not be the basis for criminal prosecution or the imposition of civil penalties, other than forfeiture of a contribution improperly accepted under this Article. The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules that specify what are "best efforts" for purposes of this Article, adapting as it deems suitable the provisions of 11 C.F.R. § 104.7. The rules shall include a provision that if the treasurer, after complying with this Article and the rules, does not know the occupation of the contributor, it shall suffice for the treasurer to report "unable to obtain".