Raleigh, N.C. — House Speaker Thom Tillis will be raising campaign cash at a $250-per-plate fundraiser next week, although the money won't go toward a much rumored U.S. Senate run, a spokesman said Monday.
The May 6 fundraiser at the Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh will feature Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, according to an invitation to the event. Guests for the lunchtime affair will be asked for $250, with donations running up to $2,000 for "hosts" and proceeds going to benefit the Committee to Elect Thom Tillis.
Tillis has said he has term-limited himself both as House Speaker and a member of the General Assembly. He is widely believed to be running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kay Hagan, which is up for election in 2014.
A phone call to Tillis' campaign committee was not returned. Jordan Shaw, a spokesman for Tillis at the General Assembly, said he could not speak for the campaign, but this fundraiser was related to Tillis' responsibilities to the House Republican caucus. As speaker, Tillis is the most powerful member of the House and, therefore, the House Republicans' most potent fundraiser.
"He has term-limited himself, but he is trying to be as productive for the caucus as he can," Shaw said.
The four "hosts" listed on the events invitation are Patrick Gavaghan, John Kane, Gene Minton and Harry Smith.