Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is scheduled to be in Raleigh Thursday evening to raise money for state Sen. Buck Newton, the Republican candidate for N.C. attorney general.
Bondi has been under fire recently for taking a $25,000 campaign contribution from Donald Trump while her office was investigating complaints about Trump University. Bondi has said the contribution did not influence the outcome of the probe.
Bondi has held leadership roles with the Republican Attorneys General Association, which is spending big on Newton’s campaign in North Carolina.
An invitation for the Bondi fundraiser lists several prominent Republicans as “honorary chairs” for the event: House Speaker Tim Moore, Senate leader Phil Berger, Sen. Chad Barefoot of Wake Forest and former Sen. Neal Hunt. Tickets start at $150.
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The liberal advocacy group Progress NC Action criticized Newton’s decision to campaign with Bondi in the wake of Trump University controversy.
“North Carolina doesn’t need a pay-to-play politician like Pam Bondi as our top law enforcement officer, and it’s disturbing that Buck Newton sees nothing wrong with raising money off a politician at the center of a corrupt bribery scandal,” said Progress executive director Gerrick Brenner said in a news release.