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NC insurance commissioner candidate using crowdfunding website

Ronald Pierce
Ronald Pierce

The website GoFundMe is typically used to raise money for expensive medical treatments, fire victims and other charitable causes.

It’s not used much for political campaign fundraising, in part because the site doesn’t require the address and occupation of the donor – something that North Carolina campaign finance laws require for donations larger than $50.

That’s not stopping Ronald Pierce, a Republican who’s running for insurance commissioner. He’s set up a GoFundMe page to seek campaign contributions, writing that “I need 1,000 people at $10.00 now.”

Pierce, who’s facing Joe McLaughlin and Mike Causey in the Republican primary, is one of the more unique Council of State candidates on the ballot. Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, a Democrat, charged Pierce with insurance fraud in 2014, although the charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Pierce has made his arrest a key issue in the campaign, saying that Goodwin “put me in jail under false charges for telling the truth.”

After six days of promoting the GoFundMe campaign, Pierce has yet to receive his first contribution.