Under the Dome

Pro-McCrory foundation buying TV ad time

A foundation that promotes Gov. Pat McCrory is spending at least six figures on TV ads during the rest of this month, according to federal records.

The ad buy comes as the General Assembly prepares to return for a budget session, and the governor’s success in pushing his own financial proposals will have an impact on his re-election campaign in November. He is running against Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper.

Renew N.C. was formed in 2012 to promote a business-friendly state. It has raised money and hosted major fundraising events on McCrory’s behalf.

In the fall of 2013, it spent $800,000 on TV ads boosting McCrory when his poll numbers were sliding. It has also done its own polling on public opinion of the governor.

The foundation, which is exempt from paying taxes, has sold annual memberships for between $25,000 and $50,000. It reports receiving $1 million from fundraising in 2013, and $300,000 in 2014.

Its donors are not required to be publicly disclosed.

Federal Communication Commission records show that a contract between the foundation and WRAL-TV was approved on Monday for $110,100 in advertising.