'House' helps the Senate

Staff WriterOctober 8, 2003 

Although there presumably won't be any strippers, one of the sponsors of a fund-raiser for state Senate Democrats this month is an owner of Thee Dollhouse, the topless Raleigh restaurant.

Barry Green, a partner of Thee Dollhouse and other nightclubs, is one of 16 sponsors for the event to be held Oct. 21 at the home of state Sen. Eric Reeves of Raleigh.

State Sen. Vernon Malone of Raleigh, who along with Reeves is host for the event, said he was not troubled by Green's involvement.

"He is a legitimate businessman and a longtime supporter and friend," Malone said. "I have no problem with his continuing support whatsoever."

Other sponsors, all of whom kicked in $1,000, include lobbyist Don Beason, BellSouth's political action committee and Progress Energy's PAC. Scheduled to attend are the two top Senate Democrats, Marc Basnight of Manteo and Tony Rand of Fayetteville.

Aid from Washington

The White House is continuing to help U.S. Rep. Richard Burr of Winston-Salem, the likely GOP U.S. Senate nominee next year.

Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser, was the drawing card for a Burr fund-raiser last week at the Washington offices of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The price of a ticket to the event ranged from $500 to $1,000 for the reception and from $1,000 to $5,000 for the VIP reception.

Rove also attended a spring fund-raiser for Burr in Winston-Salem. Vice President Dick Cheney appeared in Raleigh for Burr last month. And President Bush is expected to stump for Burr in North Carolina this year.

The White House helped recruit Burr for the race to replace Democrat John Edwards, who is running for president.

Goodnight for Moore

Jim Goodnight, the founder of Cary software giant SAS, usually helps Republican candidates. But he will make an exception today when he holds a reception for Democratic state Treasurer Richard Moore at Prestonwood Country Club. Tickets to the event range from $250 to $1,000.

The price was much lower Monday when Moore held a fund-raising golf tournament at Pine Hollow Golf Club in Clayton featuring state employees. Among those paying $100 for the event were Dana Cope, the state employees association's chief.

Immigration an issue

State Sen. Fern Shubert of Monroe has become the first to raise the issue of immigration in next year's governor's race.

The Republican is criticizing Gov. Mike Easley for making it too easy for illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses . By getting a driver's license, Shubert said, illegal immigrants can easily obtain a false identity.

"Gov. Mike Easley has rolled out the red carpet to illegal immigrants, encouraging them to come here, and it is costing North Carolinians their jobs," she said.

Comings and goings

Frank Hill, the chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, plans to leave his post at the end of the year.

Brian Nick, Dole's spokesman, said Hill had only agreed to help Dole set up her Senate office in Washington and did not want to stay long-term. Hill, a Durham native, was a top Washington aide to former U.S. Rep. Alex McMillan, a Charlotte Republican, from 1985 to 1995. Before joining Dole's staff he worked for a government relations firm.

By staff writer Rob Christensen, who can be reached at 829-4532 or robc@newsobserver.com.

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