Brind'Amour contributes to Wake candidate

STAFF WRITERSeptember 10, 2009 

You've got a member of a George Soros-backed group and a Carolina Hurricanes hockey player among the donors in the District 1 Wake school board race.

Rita Rakestraw's donors include Gene Guerrero, a senior policy analyst for the Open Society Institute, who gave $250. The institute's founder and president is liberal billionaire George Soros, who is not exactly a favorite of conservatives.

Chris Malone has got some star power, namely a $250 contribution from Rod Brind'Amour, the team captain for the Hurricanes. Brind'Amour's ex-wife lives just outside Wake Forest with their three young children.

While Rakestraw's donors tend to be more liberal, Malone's tend to be more conservative. For instance, one of his donors is local businessman Bob Luddy, a past member of the board of directors of the American Conservative Union, who gave $2,000.

Those are among the tidbits from the campaign finance reports filed last week.

Of the candidates who said they'd raise at least $3,000, only Karen Simon in District 7 doesn't have an updated report in at the Wake County Board of Elections. She didn't return a call yesterday asking about the report, which was due Sept. 1.

Candidates who spend less than $3,000 don't need to file reports.

I'll do a separate post later on the reports from the PACs.

Rakestraw reported raising $14,475. Her other new donors include state Sen. Dan Blue, state Rep. Deborah Ross, school board member Lori Millberg, former school board member Tom Oxholm and former school board member Beverley Clark's campaign committee.

Malone reported raising $10,485. His other recent donors include state Rep. Marilyn Avila, Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble, former Commissioner Phil Jeffreys, Apex Mayor Keith Weatherly and the Wake Schools Community Alliance.

In District 2, John Tedesco reported raising $3,764. He's noticeably behind Horace Tart and Cathy Truitt in terms of money raised.

Tedesco's donors include state Sen. Richard Stevens, Cary Town Councilman Don Frantz, former Commissioner Gary Pendleton, Joe Ciulla of the WSCA and the WSCA itself.

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