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Basnight keeps Democratic candidates in the money

Posted April 27, 2010
Updated April 28, 2010

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— Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight has been the pre-eminent fundraiser in the General Assembly for years, and new campaign finance reports show his touch with donors appears to be recession-proof.

During the first three months of the year, Basnight, D-Dare, raised $508,846, with 86 percent of the total from individual contributors. By comparison, the state Democratic Party raised $326,690 during that period, and the state Republican Party raised $240,935.

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House Speaker Joe Hackney raised $173,694 between January and March, while House Minority Leader Paul Stam raised $30,395, Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt raised $61,075 and Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger raised $80,275.

Basnight routinely spreads his campaign cash among other Democratic legislators and candidates in tight races in order to maintain a majority position in the General Assembly.

"You have to get what you believe in before the people," he said Tuesday.

Some political analysts predict that candidates could need $500,000 to win a close race this fall.

"The largest part of (campaign spending) will be to elect Senate Democrats," Basnight said.

He said the 2010 election will be tough for several reasons:

Veteran lawmakers like former Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand and Sens. David Hoyle, David Weinstein, Larry Shaw and Charlie have either left the legislature already or don't plan to seek re-election.

President Barack Obama, who led a Democratic tide in the 2008 election, is under fire for his handling of health care reform and the U.S. economy.

A federal grand jury continues to investigate former Gov. Mike Easley's dealings with friends and contributors while in office.

"The demand for Basnight's money is going to be far greater" than in the past, veteran political analyst John Davis said.

Davis also noted that Basnight had $725,470 in the bank at the end of March, down about 32 percent from 2008.

"The reason that is especially significant is the challenge is at least 25 to 33 percent greater than it was two years ago," he said.

Basnight cited the down economy for fundraising challenges but noted maintaining an edge with donors will be crucial in the current political climate.

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  • ratherbnnc Apr 29, 2010

    But to refute your statement and opinion, here are some of the NCDOT Transportation Improvement Projects planned in the Dare-Manteo area.

    U-3815 - $3.9 million for Manteo intersection improvement.

    http://www.ncdot.org/doh/PRECONSTRUCT/highway/roadway/hearingmaps_by_county/resource/u3815_rdy_phm_alt1a_rtr1.pdf

    R-2576 - For bridge and roadway from Coinjock to COROLLA to Kitty Hawk

    http://www.ncturnpike.org/pdf/R2576_Rdy_phm_Keymap_MCB2_C1.pdf

    R-2544 - US 64 widening 4 lane from the Alligator River to US 264 - middle of nowhere. Passes over Basnight family land in East Lake.

    http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/us64improvements/download/Corridor4G.pdf

    B-2500 - Oregon Inlet Bridge replacement - zillion $

    http://www.ncdot.org/doh/preconstruct/altern/design_build/b2500/b2500.html

    OK?
    The Fox

    Yea? And your point is? Tourists do go down to the Outer Banks in droves remember? That two lane through East Lake does need it. And how do you know he is related to people in East Lake?

  • The Fox Apr 28, 2010

    Ratherbnnc - You missed my point. Marc needs to play sharesies with the rest of the State.

    But to refute your statement and opinion, here are some of the NCDOT Transportation Improvement Projects planned in the Dare-Manteo area.

    U-3815 - $3.9 million for Manteo intersection improvement.

    http://www.ncdot.org/doh/PRECONSTRUCT/highway/roadway/hearingmaps_by_county/resource/u3815_rdy_phm_alt1a_rtr1.pdf

    R-2576 - For bridge and roadway from Coinjock to COROLLA to Kitty Hawk

    http://www.ncturnpike.org/pdf/R2576_Rdy_phm_Keymap_MCB2_C1.pdf

    R-2544 - US 64 widening 4 lane from the Alligator River to US 264 - middle of nowhere. Passes over Basnight family land in East Lake.

    http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/us64improvements/download/Corridor4G.pdf

    B-2500 - Oregon Inlet Bridge replacement - zillion $

    http://www.ncdot.org/doh/preconstruct/altern/design_build/b2500/b2500.html

    OK?

  • Tolip Apr 28, 2010

    Well, Grandpa used to say "the sun don't shine on the same dog's back, every afternoon"!

  • The Fox Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks for your opinion Marc-

  • ratherbnnc Apr 28, 2010

    The Fox- Well, I guess you still dont know. Highway Construction is paid for from a portion of the gas tax,while you drive on the highways with no qualms. Other parts of the state have had road construction also, so to say Dare County is getting it all is wrong. The Currituck to Corolla Bridge has not even begun yet and will be a toll road when completed and mostly Virginians and tourists will pay. The Oregon Inlet Bridge is almost 40 years old and is falling apart. That will be paid for with federal highway money. There are no new roads heading up to Corolla. That bikini changing station as you call it was county owned property and marshland, not some friends. There is no future rest area planned further north. There is already one in Kitty Hawk and another in Currituck County.
    Before you get into the concrete pier, that was already funded and will be revenue generated by user fees. Yes, visitors will be charged to go on the pier. That will be revenue generated and not tax supported.

  • The Fox Apr 28, 2010

    [but not as much as you think. As usual, stop your whining about things you know very little about.]Well something I do know about is a large percentage of the DOT budget goes for 4 land divided highway construction in his area at the expense to the rest of the state. Let's see there are also two planned bridges - Currituck and Oregon relacement. New roads heading up the island to Corolla. Then there is the bikini changing station (rest area) right in Manteo built on a friends property. Another rest area is planned further north. Sorry but he's a leech on the rest of the State.

  • Retired07 Apr 28, 2010

    I pray for the day when the Grand Daddy rat is gone from NC politics. He is the prime example of the need for TERM LIMITS.

  • Garnerwolf1 Apr 28, 2010

    "Sure he has some influence in state government,but not as much as you think." Sorry, but it's MUCH more than you seem to think. And yes, he's done good things for eastern NC, but perception often indicates what's good or bad. Is the multi millon dollar concrete pier in his back yard good or bad? Do you know there are already two more of these piers approved? One man's junk is another's treasure. Basnight has tremendous influence, there's no way to refute that fact.

  • Corporal Snark Apr 28, 2010

    Basnight and Perdue: The Axis of NC Taxes!

  • EyesintheSkies Apr 28, 2010

    Nothing crooked in NC politics to see here. Move along. Move along.

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