I decided to run for Lt. Governor because I believe we have got to change politics in North Carolina. We need to restore trust in our government by making it more inclusive and transparent.
But from the very beginning of this race, one special interest group has vowed to do whatever it takes to stop us from reaching our goal. And now we know what they are willing to do. SEANC has spent over three hundred thousand dollars on television ads for my opponent while she has paid for none.
According to reports released from the State Board of Elections yesterday, my opponent has raised less than $36,000 and has spent over $38,000. Her campaign has not spent one dime on radio, television or yard signs and is an additonal $22,000 in debt – essentially, my opponent has outsourced her campaign to SEANC.
I don’t know what SEANC will want for their money, but I know this is the same organization that supports Republican Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger and his friends, the ones who brought you Amendment One, awful voter ID laws, the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, and the assault on a woman's right to choose.
I still believe in this system and I have not lost my faith in the most powerful interest: You.
In contrast to a single donor campaign and with the support of people like you, we've built an organization with hundreds of individual donors and endorsements from newspapers and grassroots organizations across the state. This campaign is about people like you and you have the power to change government.
Together, we can stop this attempt to buy the second highest office in our state.
Together, we can make a better North Carolina – and I ask for your support on May 8th.