Still smarting from last year’s record-setting campaign spending, former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is soliciting contributions for Roy Cooper’s run for governor of North Carolina.
“We can’t let it happen again,” Hagan wrote in an emailed pitch from the Cooper campaign on Tuesday. “In 2014, the Kochs, Karl Rove and the other special interests emptied their wallets in North Carolina, spending more than $35 million on brutal attacks against me. … You can bet they're getting ready to use the same playbook against Roy, but we can beat them with your support.”
Hagan narrowly lost her Senate seat to Thom Tillis in what became the most expensive race in the country. Hagain raised more than twice as much as Tillis -- $25 million compared with $11 million – but another $82 million poured in from outside groups benefiting both candidates.
Hagan say she has contributed to Cooper’s campaign. Both are Democrats.
Cooper, the state attorney general, is running against Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
Both candidates have stepped up their fundraising efforts as the year draws to a close. McCrory’s campaign on Tuesday sent out a solicitation saying the governor had set a micro goal of $25,000 to reach by Friday. Half that amount has been raised, according to the email.
Through June, Cooper had raised $2.2 million and McCrory $1.3 million.