Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign on Wednesday asked for donations to “fight back” against an Associated Press article that highlighted a six-figure stock payout he received from an online mortgage broker accused of deception.
“We need your help,” the fundraising email begins. “The media is at it again. This time it’s the Associated Press. Yesterday they released a story attacking the governor with false claims and innuendo made by anonymous people with no regard to the facts.”
The email echoes many of the criticisms made by McCrory’s press office in a lengthy statement released late Tuesday.
“The AP is actually attacking him for a job he was paid for – before he was governor!” the message continues, failing to note that McCrory didn’t resign from the Tree.com board – and receive the payout – until weeks after his inauguration. “His stock payout, per company policy was 100% legal – but the AP, in a desperate attempt to make news – is trying to insinuate otherwise.”
The campaign says that a donation “will go a long way to ensuring folks have the truth about the high standards the governor continues to meet and set for those around him.”