George Holding

From the archives: George Holding cast vote to protect family fortune

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Clearing the tracks for the gravy train:

Republican 2nd District Congressman George Holding voted for a handful of amendments two years ago to block federal funding for fair housing investigations similar to one targeting his family bank.

Congressional rules didn't forbid the votes, but ethics watchdogs said last week that Holding should have recused himself. Not doing so, "reflects poor judgment," said Paul S. Ryan, an attorney with Common Cause in Washington, D.C.

This article is almost a year old, making that particular vote three years ago. I had actually forgotten about this until I saw a Tweet referencing it, which highlights one of the more frustrating aspects of political watch-dogging. Elected officials like Holding thrive in a short attention span, fading memory environment, and usually their most egregious behaviors occur in non-election years. We can't count on mainstream media to resurrect these stories, unless some current issue calls for it. So it's up to the peanut gallery to poke those embers. Especially when they expose discriminatory practices:

North Carolinians for a Fair Economy video

Tax Cuts For Billionaires Threaten Healthcare for Dying Man and His Family

This week, “Not One Penny” - an organization which advocates for repeal of the Trump Tax Plan in order to support health care, Medicare, and Medicaid - is up with digital ad featuring Ady Barkan, a longtime healthcare advocate who is dying of ALS. Barkan calls out Congressman George Holding for dismantling healthcare protections with his support for the GOP tax law favoring billionaires and millionaires.

North Carolinians For A Fair Economy Host 2nd Congressional District Empty Chair Town Hall

Congressman George Holding is oblivious to the needs of his constituents. He voted with GOP to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He voted for the #TrumpHoldingTaxCut that benefits big corporations, millionaires, and billionaires. Working families and children in NC’s Congressional District 2 are left behind while Holding enriches himself and his wealthy friends.

North Carolinians for a Fair Economy hosted an Empty Chair Town Hall last night in Wake Forest and had a great turnout. Check out the link below to hear from former US Congressman Bob Etheridge, NAACP NC President Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, Deputy Director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy Meg Wiehe, and former NC Senate District 18 candidate Sarah Crawford.

https://www.facebook.com/NCFairEconomy/videos/264484937635093/

NCFE Unveils Mobile Billboard Calling Out Congressman George Holding’s Votes to Destabilize Healthcare and Cause Premiums to Skyrocket

NCFE Unveils Mobile Billboard Calling Out Congressman George Holding’s Votes
to Destabilize Healthcare and Cause Premiums to Skyrocket

Former NC Congressman Bob Etheridge,
Teamsters VP Rick Armstrong, and NC NOW President Gailya Paliga
Cut the Ribbon Launching the “Reckless Express”

US House Ways and Means Committee Touts False Narrative on Benefits of #TrumpTax

Another message from North Carolinians for a Fair Economy. They are putting out a great message to oppose Holding's votes for tax breaks for the wealthy.

US House Ways and Means Committee Touts False Narrative on Benefits of #TrumpTax

Congressman George Holding Supported TrumpTax Benefits for Wealthy at Expense of Working Families

North Carolinians for a Fair Economy

New organization I just learned about, more information below.

New Campaign, North Carolinians for a Fair Economy, Launches to Expose Congressman George Holding’s Record of Harming Working Families

Campaign to Launch around One-Year Anniversary of Vote to Take Away Health Care from North Carolinians

Club For Growth spent $1.2 million in two NC Congressional races

And North Carolina voters danced well to their tune:

In an otherwise quiet primary, money spoke loudly Tuesday. The biggest spender, The Club for Growth Action, was the most successful.

The Washington, D.C.,-based Super PAC spent $700,000 to defeat U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in the 2nd District Republican primary. She was crushed by fellow Rep. George Holding, who moved in from the 13th District, 53 percent to 24 percent. Even an endorsement from Donald Trump couldn’t save Ellmers, who was not considered conservative enough by her opponents.

Conservatives have been gunning for Renee Ellmers for well over a year, so this spending might have been merely icing on the cake. But when you decide to coronate a nobody, those dollars are critical:

Rip van Holding's election-year attack on IRS

A desperate hail-mary pass to save his gerrymandered Congressional career:

The IRS is understaffed and woefully so. That’s the work of congressional Republicans, who remain suspicious that the IRS targeted conservative nonprofits for investigation some time back.

But Holding’s idea, to move the IRS’ criminal investigation units to the Department of the Treasury, which would create an organization called the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is just unnecessary. (And, hey, isn’t Holding one of those small-government Republicans? So what’s this new agency business?)

This is plainly an effort to appeal to extremist Teapublicans, by "disarming government agents" and eroding the ranks of the IRS. If you're trying to figure out the benefits that might be gleaned by pandering policy moves, you'll be at it for a long time before coming up empty-handed.

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