On Feb. 6, columnist Chris Fitzsimon wrote about the influence of money on North Carolina elections, observing that a voter who raises money means more to a politician than one who does not. He wrote that the system is broken and money means more than ideas.
With that in mind, it is helpful to review who paid for the candidates in Greenville’s recent mayoral race. Five weeks ago I looked at the preliminary campaign finance reports.
At that time Pat Dunn’s campaign had been given a bit more than $15,000 from roughly 270 individual contributors. Where listed, most of these contributions were $100 or less and came from a broad array of occupations. “Retired” was the most common occupation listed.
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