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House Speaker Tim Moore to fundraise for Rep. Chris Malone

State Rep. Chris Malone, right, shakes hands with Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny in 2014.
State Rep. Chris Malone, right, shakes hands with Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny in 2014. amoody@newsobserver.com

House Speaker Tim Moore will headline a rare mid-session fundraiser this month for Rep. Chris Malone, a Wake County Republican.

Legislators typically hold fundraising events before or after the legislative session. That’s because anyone associated with or employing a lobbyist is banned from making campaign contributions when the General Assembly is in session. Some states ban all donations during legislative sessions, but North Carolina isn’t among them.

That means Malone – a former Wake County school board member – might see a lower turnout for his March 10 event, where tickets range from $30 to $1,000 for a “host.” The fundraising will take place at the home of Malone’s brother, Michael Malone. The N.C. Republican Party paid for the invitations and is helping to organize the event.

The event also marks an early start for campaign fundraising: Malone and the rest of the General Assembly won’t be up for reelection until November 2016.

Malone didn’t face a close race last year, beating his Democratic challenger with 56.3 percent of votes. The early fundraiser could spark speculation that Malone is mulling a higher office next year.

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