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SC governor scheduled to hold Raleigh fundraiser

Posted January 14

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— South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will hold a fundraiser in Raleigh next month as she looks to stock her 2014 campaign coffers, according to an invitation obtained by WRAL News.

The Feb. 3 event will be hosted by Theresa Kostrzewa, a well-known Raleigh lobbyist ranked as one of the most influential practicing around the North Carolina legislature, and her husband, Bruce Tucker. Those who wish to be credited as "hosts" for the event are asked to contribute or raise $3,500. Other attendees are asked for $1,000 per couple. 

"I first met her during Pat's (Gov. Pat McCrory's) campaign," Kostrzewa said Tuesday evening.

Kostrzewa said a lot of her business contacts have dealings in both North Carolina and South Carolina, so it makes sense for the South Carolina governor to raise money north of the state border.

"She's really bright. She's articulate. I identify with her. There are very few female office holders for whom I feel that," Kostrzewa said.

Haley came to North Carolina to campaign on McCrory's behalf in 2012 and appeared at an event last year hosted by a nonprofit group founded to push McCrory's policy agenda. 

A note on the invitation to the Feb. 3 event lists a key difference between North Carolina and South Carolina campaign finance law: "South Carolina law allows corporate contributions."

However, as in North Carolina, South Carolina forbids contributions from lobbyists registered in that state.

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  • A person Jan 16, 4:48 p.m.

    Sounds like a very good choice for governor of SC

  • GOPtakersSociety Jan 16, 2:22 p.m.

    "She's really bright. She's articulate. She thinks a lot of herself. I identify with her."

    — Posted by TruDat

    so your dumber than a pile of rocks? Nicky has done nothing but create havoc in South Carolina, gone against her own party. I highly doubt this woman is anything near what you believe or stand for, seeing she's all over the map daily on the same issues

  • Earth Brooks Jan 16, 12:33 p.m.

    I'd like to see this woman on Jeopardy. "I'll take Why the American government is bad for $100"

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 16, 11:09 a.m.

    Who would have thunk the Tea Party would approve of a Muslim leader.

  • jackjones2nc Jan 16, 10:36 a.m.

    There have been several reports lately on this kind of interstate "money laundering" technique so Republicans can sidestep political fundraising laws.

  • kdogwnc Jan 16, 10:29 a.m.

    The Sikh anchor child Nimrata Rhandawa heads north...

  • Prayer starts with P Jan 16, 9:44 a.m.

    I guess McCrony will have to go out of state to raise money as well since the voters of NC aren't likely to waste their hard-earned $$$ on him.

    Doesn't say much about your leadership capabilities if local folks won't finance your attempt to become a career politician.

  • TruDat Jan 15, 11:35 p.m.

    "She's really bright. She's articulate. She thinks a lot of herself. I identify with her."

  • archmaker Jan 15, 6:50 p.m.

    years of republican politics in south carolina has dried up her own state and leaving her to look for money up north...

  • HeadsUp Jan 15, 10:06 a.m.

    Should be quite the Kostravaganza!

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