Blog

Who Is Reginald R. Holley?

Hint: He's another lobbyist with a long list of principals that should raise eyebrows.

Reginald Holley, the newest House appointee to the BOG, is a “politically well connected” Republican lobbyist from Brunswick County. According to the Secretary of State website, he has been a registered lobbyist since 2009. Holley’s principals range from real estate development corporations, a managed care organization for behavioral health, and the NC Bail Agents Association. He maintains a few principals of note that align with current lobbyists on the BOG.

Specifically, Holley lobbied for both Parents for Educational Freedom (PEFNC) and Partners for Educational Freedom from 2010-2018. PEFNC is a conservative school choice organization that lobbied for expansion of unregulated charter schools and vouchers. BOG Member Darrell Allison was registered as a lobbyist for Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina Inc in 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and until 2018 was president of the organization. Partners for Educational Freedom is an affiliated (C)(4) for Parents for Educational Freedom that “concentrates its efforts on public policy at the state and local levels.” The two groups share office space, staff, and infrastructure. Also, Partners reimburses Parents for expenses around $200,000 annually.

In 2012 and 2013 Holley lobbied for Southern Durham Development LLC. Fellow BOG member Alex Mitchell is the president of Southern Durham Development, the controversial developer behind the 751 South project. In 2013, the project almost failed because the city of Durham would not provide water and services to the upscale residential community. However, House Speaker Tim Moore saved Mitchell’s project as then-chairman of the House Rules Committee when he pushed legislation to override the City of Durham, saving it and forcing the city to provide water and sewer services. Mitchell was appointed to the BOG in 2015. Notably, Tom Fetzer also lobbied for Southern Durham Development in 2013.

Holley’s only state political contributions since 2009 are a 2017 contribution to Charles Francis for Raleigh Mayor, contributions to the PEFNC PAC, and donations to Bill Rabon’s 2010 Senate Campaign. Below his principals are listed.

2019

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

CT Solutions, LLC

EASTPOINTE

Judd K. Roth Real Estate Development

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

PEFNC, Inc.

Young Properties Group

 

2018

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

EASTPOINTE

Judd K. Roth Real Estate Development

L&S Enterprises

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

PEFNC, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

 

2017

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

EASTPOINTE

Judd K. Roth Real Estate Development

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.

PEFNC, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

 

2016

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Citizens for Community Action, NC

EASTPOINTE

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc.

PEFNC, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

 

2015

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Citizens for Community Action, NC

EASTPOINTE

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

 

2014

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Citizens for Community Action, NC

EASTPOINTE

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson, Inc.

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

 

2013

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Citizens for Community Action, NC

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

NC Association of Community Development Corporations, Inc.

NC Minority Women Business Enterprise Coordinators’ Network

North Carolina Bail Agents Association

North Carolina Head Start Association

North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson, Inc.

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

Saint Augustine’s University

Southern Durham Development, LLC

 

2012

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Citizens for Community Action, NC

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

NC Association of Community Development Corporations, Inc.

North Carolina Bail Agents Association

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson, Inc.

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

Saint Augustines College

Southern Durham Development, LLC

 

2011

Carolina Small Business Development Fund

Citizens for Community Action, NC

NC Association of Community Development Corporations, Inc.

North Carolina Bail Agents Association

Old North State Medical Society

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson, Inc.

Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC)

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

White’s Tire Service of Wilson, Inc.

 

2010

Citizens for Community Action, NC

North Carolina Bail Agents Association

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

Partners for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Inc.

 

2009

Citizens for Community Action, NC

North Carolina Bail Agents Association