Under the Dome

Burr lines up staff for 2016 campaign

Sen. Richard Burr on Monday announced who will be on his re-election campaign staff, a signal that he’s gearing up for his re-election campaign in 2016 in spite of his modest fund-raising last year.

Paul Shumaker, a Burr adviser who worked on his House and Senate races, will serve as general counsel. Republican pollster Glen Bolger will do polling, as he did in Burr’s 2004 and 2010 Senate campaigns. Doug McAuliffe, another veteran of Burr campaigns, will be his media adviser.

Mark Lisella of Raleigh will handle campaign communications. Jim McCray and Jonathan Brooks, who helped raise money for Sen. Thom Tillis, will be the national and state finance directors respectively.

North Carolina had the most expensive Senate race in the country last year when Republican Tillis defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. Counting both candidate and outside group spending, the race cost more than $116 million on the race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The breakdown was $35 million spent by the candidates and $81 million by outside groups.

Burr had just $720,000 in cash on hand at the end of September, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings. Hagan had about twice that at about the same stage of her campaign, two years before the election.