by Sam Hieb
Veteran Greensboro News & Record reporter Taft Wireback–one of the few reporters left down on East Market Street* takes another look at the money race in the 13th Congressional District matchup between incumbent Rep. Ted Budd and challenger Kathy Manning:
Despite the Democratic challenger’s refusal to take campaign contributions from corporate PACs, the contest in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District is not wanting for cash contributions linked to business interests near and far.
Both Republican incumbent Ted Budd of Advance and Democratic challenger Kathy Manning of Greensboro have racked up significant nest eggs from individual campaign contributions made by some of the region’s and the nation’s business leaders.
An in-depth examination of Federal Election Commission records by the News & Record shows Budd slightly edging out Manning among such individual contributions from North Carolina business people, $163,050 to $143,050.
But bolstered by hefty donations from some of the Northeast and Midwest’s more influential business men and women — including the uncle of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — Manning has outpaced Budd in the overall influx of money from individual contributors with various business affiliations.
Bottom line is Manning is making it an issue that she does not take “corporate” PAC money, never mind the fact that there are plenty of rich individuals out there (many who just happen to work for a corporation) willing to donate to Manning’s campaign. So liberals please keep this in mind when shouting “corporate PAC money!!!!” as the race heats up in the next couple of months.
*As for the N&R, Greensboro’s paper of record continues to shed staff with last week’s layoff of publisher and editor Danny Finnegan. The paper has also not filled the local government reporter position left vacant when Margaret Moffett departed for the Biz Journal. So –as Rhino times editor John Hammer Hammer notes“>notes—“it looks like it’s going to be a case of last one out, turn off the lights, and that doesn’t appear to far off.”