Monday, April 20, 2009

N. Carolina Senator Gets Only Half of Campaign Money From Home State

Sen. Richard Burr(R-NC) has received $700,000 in campaign contributions in the first three months of this year, nearly half of that from political action committees. About $333,615, records show, came from PACs representing business contributors Abbott Laboratories, Bayer Cooperation, Aetna, Altria Group, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, ExxonMobil and Florida Power & Light. The Miami Herald says an additional $367,000 were made by individual contributors.

Burr's Senate campaign received money from drug companies, health care companies, tobacco companies and energy companies. Telecommunications firms, financial services groups and defense manufacturers also sent money his way.

That leaves Burr, a Winston-Salem, N.C., Republican, with about $1.6 million in the bank toward his re-election bid next year, according to the federal campaign finance report he filed this week. Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of the Cook Political Report in Washington, said Burr's fund-raising was "perfectly acceptable." They might not fend off Democratic opposition, though.
North Carolina attorney general Roy Cooper is the likely Democrat competitor for Burr's senate seat. Public Policy Polling, Democratic firm, has Cooper ahead of Burr 41% to 37%. The conservative Civitas Institute also shows Cooper ahead of Burr 41-38. Cooper's campaign finance report shows he has $367,000 cash on hand.

This is another example, among the hundreds of elected officials, who have obtained more campaign money from outside their states and districts than they have garnered from their constituents. Yesterday, I posted that Sen. Dodd(D-CT) has the support of only five people in Connecticut. Who are these people really representing if not the people in their own states and districts? Obviously, not the people. Pointed out in the post, Sen Dodd Has Only Five Supporters in Home State, the 17th Amendment needs to be repealed.

Richard Burr is reportedly the 12th cousin of former Vice President Aaron Burr who gained historical fame as the killer of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, in illegal an pistol dual in a personal dispute.

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