- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The number of legal complaints against North Carolina political groups grows as Election Day approaches.

The state Democratic Party said Thursday it’s asked the Federal Election Commission to examine Carolina Rising, which has run ads praising Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.

Democratic Party Executive Director Casey Mann says Carolina Rising is legally required to disclose donors that helped pay for nearly $3 million in election communications.

Carolina Rising President Dallas Woodhouse has said the group’s federal tax designation lets it keep donors’ names secret.

Mann also asked the North Carolina Secretary of State to investigate whether Carolina Rising is breaking rules by soliciting funds without a license. The group is not listed in the agency’s public licensing database. Woodhouse said two weeks ago it planned to request one soon.

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