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Wednesday, 02 November 2016 14:32

State candidates reveal fundraising totals

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UPDATED Nov. 4 , 2016 10:11 a.m.

Third-quarter campaign finance disclosures from state candidates were due by Oct. 31, and as the state board of elections slowly posts them online, they’re also slowly revealing who’s giving, and who’s getting.

The state’s Q3 reporting period runs from July 1 through Oct. 22 and thus covers all contributions and expenditures made during that period. From Oct. 23 through Election Day, candidates must furthermore report all contributions over $1,000 with what is known as a “48-hour notice” form, because such forms must be filed within 48 hours of receipt of the donation.

As of press time Tuesday Nov. 1, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, had filed only two 48-hour notices. Both were donations from the North Carolina Republican Senatorial Committee; one was for $8,811, and the other was an in-kind donation of $10,143, bringing the NCRSC’s total contributions to Davis this cycle to $74,772.

Davis started the period with $7,535 on hand; he raised $26,700 from individuals and $76,313 from political parties and PACs like Duke Energy, Petroleum and Convenience Marketers, and the NC Home Builders Association. During Q3, Davis raised just over $103,000, bringing his total this election to $130,650.

His opponent, Jane Hipps, D-Waynesville, filed just one 48-hour notice, which listed a $13,059 in-kind contribution from the NC Democratic Party Senate Caucus. That donation pushes NCDSC’s total contributions to Hipps above $102,000.

Her disclosure indicated that she started the period with $144,386 on hand and during Q3 raised $70,707 from individuals and $99,442 from political parties and PACs like the Sierra Club, the Police Benevolent Association and a Teamsters PAC called Drive Committee, giving her $210,149 this period and $398,965 for the election as a whole. Hipps’ PAC contributors weren’t immediately available.

Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, has filed three 48-hour notices, disclosing a $1,000 donation from the NC Association of Health Underwriters, $1,000 from the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians, and $1,000 from Lowe’s home improvement stores.

Her Q3 disclosure — received by the state board of elections three days after the reporting deadline — showed $93,227 raised in the period. Of that, $27,440 came from individuals, and $65,786 from political parties and PACs like Duke Energy, Weyerhauser and Friends of Forestry. Presnell had more than $62,000 on hand at the end of the reporting period, but failed to list her total contributions for the cycle as required.

Presnell’s opponent, Rhonda Cole Schandevel, D-Canton, lists six 48-hour notices, including $1,000 from the Drive Committee, another $1,000 from Now or Never NC – bringing their total to $1,938 this cycle — and $1,000 from the Sierra Club. She also received two in-kind contributions from the North Carolina Democratic Party in the amount of $8,111 each.

Her Q3 disclosure shows $33,177 on hand at the start of the period, $104,789 raised from individuals and $192,626 raised from political parties and PACs like Emily’s List, the NC Association of Educators, and the United Steelworkers. Overall, Schandevel raised $279,416 during the third quarter and $397,942 during this cycle.

Like Hipps and Schandevel, Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, lists contributions of $1,000 from the Drive Committee and the Sierra Club, but also says he’s received $1,000 from the NC Hospital Association and two $2,316 in-kind contributions from the North Carolina Democratic Party, elevating their support for Queen this cycle to more than $46,800.

Queen’s Q3 disclosure shows he’s raised $4,910 from individuals and $7,119 from political parties and PACs, including the Rural Electric Action Program. Queen raised $46,359 for the cycle and had $25, 852 on hand at the end of the quarter.

His opponent, Mike Clampitt, apparently still has not filed (or filed late) his Q3 report, as it’s currently not available on the state’s campaign finance reporting site. Clampitt’s second quarter disclosure listed just $1,890 raised during the entire election cycle up to June 30, and he’s filed no 48-hour notices after the end of the third quarter. 

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