With potential Republican presidential candidates making the rounds to major GOP donors, Washington publication The Hill reports they'll likely be making pitches in North Carolina.
Two North Carolina businessmen made The Hill's list of "10 GOP rainmakers to watch in '16." Art Pope is well known as the former state budget director and owner of discount chain Variety Wholesalers.
The list says Pope's contributions are "widely credited with helping turn the North Carolina legislature in favor of Republicans," though Pope has said similar claims exaggerate his role.
Citing Republican strategists in North Carolina, the article pairs Pope with pharmaceutical company executive Fred Eshelman. Eshelman has given millions to UNC-Chapel Hill and served on the UNC Board of Governors until last year.
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While he's not a household name like Pope, Eshelman has donated millions to a conservative political action committee called RightChange.
"Any Republican that's raised money in North Carolina knows about Art and Fred," GOP strategist Carter Wrenn told The Hill.