Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue got an substantial influx of political contributions from trial lawyers in June as she was considering whether to veto a medical malpractice bill making its way through the Republican legislature.
Between January and May 31, Perdue received $139,441 in campaign contributions from lawyers, according to her campaign report for the first six months of the year that was filed with the State Board of Elections.
But in June, lawyers donated $151,209 into her campaign as it became clear the medical malpractice bill was likely to pass, according to campaign records. She vetoed the bill on June 24th, but the legislature over rode her veto July 25th.
A significant amount of the money came from trial attorneys who were opposed to the cap on “non economic” damages of $500,000 in most instances.
Among the June contributors to Perdue were attorneys Bob Bollinger of Charlotte ($1,000), Brian Peterson of Asheville($500), Celeste Harris of Winston-Salem ($1,000), Charles Mast of Smithfield ($1,000) Chuck Monnett III of Charlotte ($1,000) Charles Hardee of Greenville ($1,000) Christopher Roberts of Greenville ($1,000) and Gina Cammarano of Raleigh ($2,500.)