Now that the state elections board has posted Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign finance report for the first half of the year, we can dive a little deeper to compare and contrast it with what’s been happening on Attorney General Roy Cooper’s side of the money race.
Nearly 700 lawyers gave close to half a million dollars to Cooper, contrasted with about 100 contributing $75,000 to McCrory.
McCrory far outpaces Cooper among CEO’s and the like: About 675 have given $380,000 to McCrory. Cooper collected about $100,000 from about 80 of them.
Political action committees and other outside groups haven’t really begun to spend money yet. But superPACs are expected to join the fray later.
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Some other nuggets:
▪ Cooper, who outdrew the governor with $2.2 million in donations to McCrory’s $1.3 million, took in more money than the governor in every month this year. He stepped on the gas in June, collecting $620,000, almost twice as much as McCrory.
▪ Breaking down the contributions into a dollar range, McCror’s strongest showing was among donors who gave $4,000 or more. Thirty-nine percent of McCrory’s money came from that category contrasted with 20 percent of Cooper’s.
▪ Geographic trends were predictably divided among liberal and conservative counties, although the gap was narrow in McCrory’s home turf of Mecklenburg County. McCrory only received about $18,000 more than Cooper in Mecklenburg, which accounted for about $450,000 combined.