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May 20, 2014

Speaker John Boehner hosts dueling fundraiser day of state GOP convention

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is raising campaign cash in North Carolina, with the help of the state’s Republican congressional delegation, the same night in June that the state GOP hosts its convention.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is raising campaign cash in North Carolina, with the help of the state’s Republican congressional delegation, the same night in June that the state GOP hosts its convention.

Boehner and North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr are the headliners for the big-dollar fundraiser at the Center Point building Greensboro owned by Roy Carroll, a prominent real estate developer, owner of a conservative newspaper and major GOP donor.

The fundraiser is scheduled for 5 p.m. June 7, the same Saturday as the N.C. Republican Party state convention is being held in Cherokee at the Harrah’s Cherokee resort and casino, a nearly four-hour drive west.

The timing conflict also raises questions about the state convention, which previously faced criticism for taking place at an Indian gaming facility given how many in the party’s oppose gambling. Boehner is not scheduled to appear at the state GOP convention, a party spokesman said.

Most of the state’s GOP members – U.S. Reps. Howard Coble, Renee Ellmers, George Holding, Virginia Foxx, Patrick McHenry and Mark Meadows – are listed on the invitation as co-sponsors for the fundraiser. (Notably the ones missing: Richard Hudson, Robert Pittenger and Walter Jones, the latter of which is a top Boehner critic.)

The hosts for the event must give $25,000 to attend. A $5,000 contribution gets a ticket to a roundtable and a photo opportunity. The minimum cost to attend is $500 a person. It benefits the Boehner for Speaker Committee, a joint fundraising entity that also raises money to help elect Republican members to Congress.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is the speaker at the state convention that evening. The convention is where N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis will officially receive the party’s nomination in the U.S. Senate race.

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