Under the Dome

AFL-CIO hasn't decided on Democratic convention funding

FROM STAFF REPORTSJuly 15, 2012 

Editor's note: An item in the Under the Dome column on page 3B Monday gave incorrect donation levels for a fundraising party being held Tuesday at the home of K.D. Kennedy for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The price of admission varies, with levels of $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 per couple.

AFL-CIO has still not decided if it will contribute cash to support the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, though the labor group remains committed to electing Democrats.

“We have not as of yet,” Richard Trumka, president of the nation’s largest federation of unions said at a press conference in Washington, according to Bloomberg.

Trumka previously wrote a letter to member unions saying the group isn’t hosting events at the convention and wouldn’t play a significant role.

More than a dozen labor unions have announced plans to boycott the convention and instead host a shadow event Aug. 11 in Philadelphia.

“Having the convention in Charlotte was kind of a wakeup call to (the) fact that really no one’s paying attention to the middle class and to working people in this country,” Ed Hill, president of the Electrical Workers union, told the Associated Press.

‘Charlotte a plus for Democrats’

Democratic strategist Gary Pearce says the media is missing the point with all their stories about potential problems with the Democratic convention in Charlotte. He says no one is going to cast their ballot for president based on the convention.

“Here is the real significance: A Democratic candidate for President – an African-American, no less – is holding his renomination convention in the South and in North Carolina,” Pearce writes in his blog, Talking About Politics. “He is playing in the Republican end of the field. He is making a statement – a statement that was unimaginable 50, 20 or even five years ago.

“That’s how much politics has changed in North Carolina and the nation,” Pearce writes. “That’s why Charlotte is a plus for Democrats.’’ Read more at talkingaboutpolitics.com.

Christie, Anne Romney hold fundraisers

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in Raleigh Tuesday night for a high-dollar fundraiser to benefit the presidential effort of Republican Mitt Romney.

Christie will be the main attraction at a dinner hosted at the home of businessman and arts patron K.D. Kennedy, a long-time financial backer of Republican politics.

The price of admission to the event is various levels including $2,500 per couple, $5,000 and $10,000 per couple.

It is one of two major Romney fundraisers in the state next week. On Thursday Anne Romney, the wife of the candidate, will attend a fundraiser in Greensboro.

Huckabee endorses Forest for Lt. Gov.

Dan Forest, a GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, has picked up the endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee, a former presidential candidate, said he was backing Forest because “he believes in the sanctity of life, limited government, the Second Amendment, states rights, rule of law and self sufficiency.”

Forest also announced he has the backing of U.S. House Reps. Renee Ellmers, Virginia Foxx, Walter Jones, Patrick McHenry, and his mother, Sue Myrick.

Forest, a Wake Forest architect, faces Tony Gurley, a Wake County commissioner and a pharmacist in Tuesday’s GOP runoff.

Staff writers Austin Baird, John Frank and Rob Christensen contributed.

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