The North Carolina Republican Party has launched a major effort to make sure that it is not out-organized like it was during the 2008 election.
It has set up seven regional offices across the state as part of its “North Carolina Victory” program, and it has made 575,000 telephone calls, focusing on independent voters, according to Congressman Patrick McHenry, the chairman of North Carolina Victory, Rob Christensen reports.
Heading up the organizational effort is Tim Saler, director of the Victory program. Last year, Saler headed the GOP's organizational effort in South Jersey, helping elect Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
The effort is being financed in part by $1.2 million that Burr raised for the Victory committee.
The GOP's organizational effort is being financed by some of the major corporate figures and companies in the state, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Among the major donors to the committee are Jim Goodnight, of SAS ($24,800), former GlaxoSmithKline executive Robert Ingram and his wife Jeannie ($29,600), Wilmington businessman Fred Eshelman ($10,500), Progress Energy PAC ($5,000), GlaxoSmithKline PAC ($5,000), Duke Energy PAC ($5,000), Honeywell International ($5,000), Lorillard Tobacco ($5,000), R.J. Reynolds PAC ($5,000), retired Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. executive Robert Greczyn ($10,000), former University of North Carolina President C.D. Spangler ($5,000), Raleigh business executive Lanty Smith ($10,000) and Bank of America PAC ($5,000).
The backdrop of this effort is that the Republicans felt they were swamped by the organizational effort of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008.