April 9, 2017
Donald G. Davis 2760 W. Arlington Blvd, #308 Greenville, NC 27834
Lawrence K. Taylor, Chairman Edgecombe County Democratic Party 1717 Harper St Rocky Mount, NC 27801
ATTN: Treasurer Stephanie Hunter
Dear Chairman Taylor:
RE: COMPENSATION AND CONTRIBUTION
Upon the request of Rev. Roosevelt Higgs, the former chairman of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party, and action of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee at the March 23, 2017 meeting, I provided assistance to the Edgecombe County Democratic Party with filling the vacancy of former Sheriff James Knight. Regarding questions about a $500.00 payment made to me for compensation, I wish to address this matter.
At no time did I solicit or indicate my desire to accept compensation for assisting the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. When the former chairman inquired about my expenditures, I repeatedly indicated my intent was to make an in-kind contribution to the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. In turn, the former chairman repeatedly inquired about my expenditures and insisted on the Edgecombe County Democratic Party covering the expenses associated with filling Sheriff Knight’s vacancy. Thus, he expressed that I should not have to pay for expenses associated with filling Sheriff Knight’s vacancy and he repeatedly expressed his appreciation for the time I spent fielding calls, sharing information, packaging the meeting notice, emailing residents to keep them informed and traveling to Edgecombe County.
Apparently Check #1512 was mailed to me in the amount of $500.00, which I did not have knowledge until April 4, 2017 and actually received on April 6, 2017. Upon receipt, I contacted Rev. Higgs and shared with him I would not keep these funds. Again, he insisted I accept reimbursement for my personal expenses, travel and time associated with filling Sheriff Knight’s vacancy. Thus, he stated again I should not have to pay for this out of pocket and thanked me for my efforts.
Please note Check #1512 has been deposited into my personal banking account and adequately reimburses me for my expenses, travel and time associated with assisting the Edgecombe County Democratic Party with filling Sheriff Knight’s vacancy. I am appreciative of the reimbursement of my expenses. For transparency, those expenses included:
Purchased Items Cost Office Depot (100 copies of additional agendas) $9.39 Office Depot (40 sheets of cardstock for additional ballots) $2.11 United States Postal Service (Postage for 100 meeting notices) $130.20 Office Depot (100 copies of meeting notice packets and envelopes) $44.40 United States Postal Service (Additional postage required) $17.79 Total $203.89
(Note: The above does not include 200 address labels estimated at $12.83, which I already had, ink for the printing of the original copies and the additional ballots printed on my personal printer estimated at $17.65 or any travel expenses. Travel included two trips to Edgecombe County, a trip to pick up the biographies included in the meeting notice packet, two trips to Office Depot and two trips to the United States post office for approximately 328 miles. Using the 2017 IRS standard business reimbursement rate of 53.5 cents per mile and the market value for other in-kind contributions identified above, the total expenditures are estimated at $409.85. In addition, there was one incidental expense not included in the total expenditures above, which was the purchase of Robert’s Rule of Order—11th Edition for $20.23 from Books-A-Million. Thus, I could not find my copy at the time of the meeting and purchased another one to make sure it was available. Lastly, certified copies of this letter with a return receipt will be mailed to the parties listed at the bottom of this letter from the balance of the remaining funds.)
Enclosed you will find a money order paid with cash from my personal account in the amount of $500.00 made out to the Edgecombe County Democratic Party (see enclosure). Please note this money order was not paid from my campaign account, but it is cash from my personal account. Simply put, I wish to make a $500.00 contribution to the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. My job title is Senator and employer’s name is the State of North Carolina. The enclosed money order is strictly a contribution to the Edgecombe County Democratic Party, and I hope this will help address those concerns regarding me not accepting any compensation as well as those concerns about me accepting compensation for assisting the residents of Edgecombe County and the Edgecombe County Democratic Party. I do not wish to be placed in the middle of these opposing concerns and hope all parties find this acceptable.
All along, my only intent has been to successfully assist the residents of Edgecombe County with the transition in power in the Office of Sheriff. Furthermore, my commitment was ensuring a smooth, transparent and fair process. I hope this has been accomplished to everyone’s satisfaction. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may provide any future assistance.
Moreover, as a result of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party organizing 100 percent of its precincts and the data being entered into NCVictoryvan prior to your county convention, the Edgecombe County Democratic Party will be presented with a check in the amount of $100 at the May 20, 2017 First Congressional District Convention.
Now, let us remain focused on supporting our new sheriff, new Party officers and electing Democrats.
Very respectfully submitted,
Donald G. Davis
cc: CD-01 Executive Officers Rev. Roosevelt Higgs Curmilius Dancy Commissioner Viola Harris
Edgecombe County Democratic Party Convention Commissioner Viola Harris Questioned Rev. Roosevelt Higgs About $500.00