A local pol asked me a couple weeks ago about the finance reports for the candidates in the race for NC House 98. With only Q2 reports in the system at NCSBE.gov it looked like money might not be a huge factor in the race.
Since the Q2 reports are almost a full quarter behind at this point lots more money has likely flowed in for both candidates by now.
A couple weeks later it seems the big money may not be coming from the campaigns, but from Washington DC instead.
Since that exchange we've seen the beginning of a wave of flyers attacking Bradford from "NC Families First" a 527 dark money outfit out of Raleigh. One unconfirmed source tells aShortChronicle they had heard there may be a couple dozen of these before election day. The fact that 3 have already hit since last Wednesday is a good indication that may be true. In the mechanics of an election, it wouldn't make sense to fire off three of these this far out from election day if you weren't going to keep doing it.
An earlier post mentioned that NC Families First was active in the 2014 campaign, but that there wasn't any information on FollowNCMoney.org for them this cycle. That's true.
HOWEVER...we here at aShortChronicle are a persistent lot.
527 organizations have to report to the IRS, so it seemed like a good idea to check IRS.gov to see what we could find.
The Q2 reports there for "NC Families First" show the below "contributions" and "expenditures"
By Q2 2016, NC Families First has gotten:
$450k from The Democratic Governors Association...in Washington, DC
$1.475m from NC Citizens for Protecting Our Schools, a group that historically receives most of its cash from the NEA...in Washington, DC.
The oh so innocently named NC Families First has spent:
$620k with Great American Media...an ad company right down K street in...you guessed it...Washington, DC
While it's obvious a lot of this cash will flow to support Roy Cooper in his race against Gov McCrory, a good bit is left to pound other candidates into submission.
Expect the anti-Bradford flyers to keep on coming - funded by Washington cash.