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Hugh McColl, former Obama supporter, helps Mitt Romney raise money

A month before the 2008 presidential election, retired Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl Jr. wrote a column for the Observer in which he explained why an America in economic peril needed Barack Obama’s leadership.

Then, last year, McColl – still on any A-list of North Carolina’s most influential leaders – agreed to serve as an honorary co-chair on a host committee that’s raising $37 million for the Democratic National Convention, Tim Funk reports

So why is McColl now listed as one of the co-chairs of a Charlotte fundraiser next week for Mitt Romney, Obama’s likely Republican opponent? Find out here.

H. Clinton coming to Charlotte April 28

Hillary Clinton will campaign in Charlotte on April 28, eight days before North Carolina's presidential primary.

The New York senator is scheduled to attend a campaign event at Uptown's Marshall Park and then a fundraiser at the home of businessman Cameron Harris. One co-sponsor of the fundraiser: Hugh McColl Jr., former chairman of the Bank of America, Jim Morrill reports.

It will be Clinton's first visit to Charlotte since a fundraiser last May.

Harris, a former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Democrats, is leasing office space to the Clinton campaign in Charlotte. He's not bothered by the continued sniping between Clinton and her last rival, Barack Obama.

"I'm probably one of the few people who believes this has been great for the Democratic Party," he says.

Clinton names N.C. steering committee

Hillary Clinton's campaign released the names of its North Carolina steering committee, ranging from poet Maya Angelou to Hugh Shelton, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The list was announced at a teleconference held by Tom Hendrickson, a former state Democratic chariman; former Ambassador Jeanette Hyde, and the Rev. Brenda Stevenson of Charlotte.

"I know Hillary has the diplomatic skills," said Hyde, who was appointed ambassador to Barbados by President Clinton. "She has the knowledge. She has traveled around the world. I beleive she can help mend some of the problems we have in the world."

The endorsements include many people long associated with the moderate, pro-business wing of the state Democratic Party and with Govs. Jim Hunt and Terry Sanford.

Clarification: Hunt is not on the steering committee, but some of his associates are.

More names after the jump.

Bill Clinton to meet with N.C. supporters

Former President Bill Clinton will meet with key supporters later today at a reception at the Raleigh home of former Ambassador Jeannette Hyde.

“It’s actually for people willing to endorse Hillary Clinton or be on the statewide steering committee,” Hyde told Rob Christensen. “It’s kind of a briefing on the campaign and a thank you.”

Clinton will attend the private event after first appearing at public events in Charlotte and Cary.

Helping put the event together is former state Democratic chairman Tom Hendrickson, a Raleigh businessman. Among those expected to attend are former state Democratic chairwoman Barbara Allen, and Jane Patterson, a former secretary of administration.

Among the North Carolinians expected to endorse Clinton — although not attending tonight’s event — are retired Charlotte bank executive Hugh McColl; Hugh Shelton, the former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; and poet Maya Angelou, according to Hyde.

Young raises $88k from business leaders

David YoungDavid Young raised $88,000 Tuesday at an event in the home of former Ambassador Mark and Joan Erwin, according to his campaign.

The Buncombe County commissioner, who is running for the Democratic nomination for state treasurer, received the backing from a number of Charlotte business leaders including John Crosland Jr., Stuart Dickson, Cam Harris, Rusty Goode, Jim Hynes, Hugh McColl, Peter Pappas, Nelson Schwab, and Ed Weisiger.

Among the contributors was Crandall Bowles, a textile executive and wife of UNC President Erskine Bowles, Rob Christensen reports.

Young is a Democratic primary along with Raleigh attorney Michael Weisel, and state Sen. Janet Cowell to replace incumbent Richard Moore, who is running for governor.

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