Tillis Donors Draw Scrutiny; McCrory Calls Him Most Electable

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Scott Bland
April 4, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

“The more donors” state House Speak­er Thom Tillis (R) “re­cruits, the more ques­tions his rivals raise about his ties to moneyed in­terests ““ and the le­gis­la­tion he over­sees as House speak­er. Tillis’s cam­paign re­ceived about $21,000 from 15 re­gistered state lob­by­ists in 2013 … dona­tions he couldn’t ac­cept as a state law­maker. … Oth­er Tillis cam­paign donors over­lap with le­gis­lat­ive mat­ters ““ and a sep­ar­ate su­per PAC sup­port­ing his bid. … The big dol­lars from wealthy donors and spe­cial in­terest groups are provid­ing plenty of fod­der for his Re­pub­lic­an rivals.”

“Jordan Shaw, a Tillis cam­paign spokes­man and his former le­gis­lat­ive aide, said any per­cep­tion about spe­cial in­terests get­ting favored treat­ment is un­jus­ti­fied.” (Raleigh News and Ob­serv­er)

MC­CRORY CALLS TILLIS MOST ELECT­ABLE. Gov. Pat Mc­Crory (R) didn’t make an en­dorse­ment, but he had this to say about the GOP primary: “I think Tillis has the best chance to win a gen­er­al elec­tion.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)