McInnis raises five times his Democrat rival


ROCKINGHAM — Republican state Sen. Tom McInnis built on his exponential lead in fundraising over Democratic challenger Dannie Montgomery in the first quarter of 2016, raising five times more than his opponent.

Campaign finance reports filed with the State Board of Elections show McInnis raised $14,058.11 before the March 15 primary and Montgomery collected $2,658 in campaign contributions.

McInnis, an Ellerbe auction company executive running for his second term representing Senate District 25, has raised $36,420.91 in the 2016 election cycle. Montgomery, a Lilesville resident and Anson Middle School teacher, had $100 in her campaign account when the first quarter began, which places her total at $2,758.

Montgomery filed her first-quarter disclosure report Monday. McInnis’ report was filed two days ahead of the March 7 deadline, and his campaign also submitted three 48-hour notices for contributions of $1,000 or more received after the quarterly period but before the primary.

District 25 includes all of Anson, Richmond, Scotland and Stanly counties and a southeastern swath of Rowan County. Voters will choose between McInnis and Montgomery in the Nov. 8 general election.

McInnis support

Richmond Community College President Dale McInnis made a $250 contribution, Richard H. Johnson of Wadesboro chipped in $500, and Linda C. Frye and husband Hobart F. Frye Jr. of Hamlet gave $150 each, the disclosure forms show.

Alexander J. Perakis of Rockingham, whose occupation is listed as minister at McDonald Baptist Church, contributed $1,000, business executive Ronald M. Cameron of Little Rock, Arkansas, pitched in $1,250 and McInnis campaign treasurer Ronda Webb of Rockingham made an in-kind contribution of $8.11 for postage.

Pam Easterling of Rockingham, the owner of Sandhills Alternative School and a former Richmond County school board member, made a $2,500 contribution on March 4 that was reported on a 48-hour notice form after the initial disclosure report was filed.

Duke Energy’s political action committee pitched in $!,500, Rural Electric Action Program, the state’s electric cooperatives PAC, gave $1,000 and the CSX Good Government Committee contributed $250.

Committee contributions were also received from the State Employees Association of North Carolina’s EMIPAC ($500), the Nationwide Carolina Political Participation Fund ($2,000), the N.C. Realtors PAC ($2,000) and the Friends of Forestry PAC ($1,000). The two latter contributions were reported on 48-hour notices.

Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson, North Carolina’s state superintendent of public instruction, made a $100 contribution to the veteran teacher’s campaign. Gene McLaurin, a former Rockingham mayor who represented District 25 in the state Senate from 2012-14, kicked in $250.

Anson Academy Principal Preston Waddell made a $75 contribution and Anson County Commissioner Vancine Sturdivant added $100. Sam and Bernice Bennett of Lilesville pitched in $100, Lilesville retiree Juanita Williams contributed $50 and Rockingham retiree Elizabeth Evans donated $150.

Montgomery report

Montgomery gave $700 to her campaign in cash contributions and made in-kind contributions totaling $450, according to her disclosure report.

Derrick Montgomery of Fayetteville is credited with a $150 in-kind contribution for providing personal transportation and social media training and Elizabeth Evans of Rockingham provided transportation to a campaign event valued at $50.

Montgomery also collected $533 in aggregated contributions from individuals. State election laws don’t require donors’ names, addresses and occupations to be logged for campaign contributions of less than $50.

The 33 contributions range from $3 in cash to a $40 check. Eight cash donations of $6 apiece are listed on campaign finance forms.

Unopposed

Reps. Ken Goodman, D-Richmond, and Garland Pierce, D-Scotland, have no Republican opponents in November’s election, but the veteran legislators are still amassing campaign war chests. State law allows campaign committees to write checks to other committees, so both Goodman and Pierce are in a position to help candidates in competitive districts.

Goodman raised $23,250 in the first quarter of 2016 and received a $3,000 contribution from the N.C. Realtors PAC four days after the reporting cycle ended, according to a 48-hour notice.

All of Goodman’s first-quarter donations came from committees, including: Blue Cross Blue Shield ($500), Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association ($1,000), CenturyLink Employees PAC ($500), CSX Good Government Fund ($500), Duke Energy PAC ($3,000), FedEx PAC ($2,000), John Deere PAC ($1,000), Lowe’s Companies PAC ($500), Mag Mutual North Carolina PAC ($500), Merck Employees PAC ($500), Nationwide Carolina Political Participation Fund ($2,000) and the N.C. Association of Nurse Anesthetists PAC ($500).

Contributions also include the N.C. Farm Bureau PAC ($2,500), N.C. Medical Society PAC ($1,000), N.C. Merchants PAC ($250), N.C. Health Care Facilities Association PAC ($1,000), Northeast Anesthesia and Pain Specialists ($2,000), Petroleum and Convenience Marketers PAC ($1,000), Piedmont Natural Gas PAC ($500), PSNC Energy PAC ($500), Rural Election Action Program ($2,000) and the Time Warner N.C. PAC ($250).

Reports show Pierce collected $3,625 in the first quarter and $16,685 in the 2016 election cycle.

Pierce received $125 in aggregated contributions from individuals along with contributions from the CSX Good Government Fund ($250), Windstream PAC ($250), Time Warner Cable PAC ($250), REAP ($500), Employees PAC ($500), Resident Lenders of N.C. PAC ($250), N.C. Home Builders Association PAC ($250), ElectriCities PAC ($250) and the Nationwide Carolina Political Participation Fund ($1,000).

Second-quarter reports for candidate fundraising from March through June 30 are due to the State Board of Elections on July 12.

By Corey Friedman

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Reach Corey Friedman at 910-817-2670.

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