Local Politics

Will economy affect gubernatorial fundraising?

Posted June 6, 2008 7:17 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2008 8:19 p.m. EDT

— Gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory, the mayor of Charlotte, and Bev Perdue, the lieutenant governor, could raise anywhere from $3 million to $6 million, not including efforts by outside political groups, to campaign for November's general election.

But Democratic political consultant Brad Crone said Friday that finding that funding won't be easy in the current  economy.

"Those folks who can usually do $2,000 end up giving $500, and the big fish who give $4,000 end up giving $1,000," Crone said.

But Jack Hawke, political consultant for McCrory, the Republican candidate, says events over the next month, including one in Raleigh featuring President George W. Bush, should raise more than $1 million.

The Republican Governors Association is expected to add more to the campaign, Hawke said.

"Their No. 1 target to pick up a governor's race was North Carolina," he said.

While Republican primary opponents quickly united after May 6's election, Democrat Richard Moore, the state treasurer, has not officially joined forces with Perdue.

Hawke says Republicans are taking advantage by convincing some Moore donors to cross over.

"We have been given a window of opportunity to call on some of the supporters for Richard Moore," he said.

Crone argues that most Moore supporters will stay in the Democratic fold, giving Perdue the edge. He said the real challenge will be splitting the money pool with the presidential, U.S. Senate and other statewide candidates.

"The well of money that's going to be there is drying up," he said.