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Candidate’s father gives $500,000 to state Democrats

Josh Stein
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The father of Democratic attorney general candidate Josh Stein contributed $500,000 to the N.C. Democratic Party in early March, according to a recently filed campaign disclosure report.

The contribution from Adam Stein, a prominent civil rights attorney who lives in Chapel Hill, was by far the largest given to the state Democratic Party in the second quarter of 2016. The party raised nearly $1.4 million in the quarter, which stretched from March through June.

Neither Josh nor Adam Stein returned phone calls seeking comment. Josh Stein, a former state senator who lives in Raleigh, faces Republican state Sen. Buck Newton of Wilson in the November election for attorney general. Newton’s campaign declined to comment.

Dave Miranda, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, didn't answer specific questions about Adam Stein's contribution, including how it would be spent and how it compared to the largest contributions ever to the state party. Miranda instead released a general statement saying the party "has implemented a clear plan to pick up legislative seats and support statewide candidates to bring real change to Raleigh."

"Chairwoman Patsy Keever and NCDP officers have been excited by the overwhelming response from candidates, donors and activists across the state," Miranda said in the statement.

Adam Stein also gave $5,100 directly to his son's campaign in June, according to Josh Stein's campaign disclosure report filed with the State Board of Elections. His wife, Jane Stein, also gave the $5,100 maximum per election, reports show.

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