Under the Dome

Goodwin calls fundraising solicitation 'poor wording'

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said Tuesday he plans to change a fundraising solicitation for his "Commissioners Club" that raised eyebrows for how it promised donors access to private dinners and a special newsletter.

The Democrat said any concerns about the email sent earlier this week to potential donors was "more a function of poor wording" than special favors for donors. "In looking at it, I can see how it would be interpreted," he said. "I have a lengthy history of supporting transparency and campaign finances that provide footing for all voters," he said.

In an interview, Goodwin said he wanted to create a way for friends and supporters who can't give thousands of dollars to sponsor events that ability to donate modest amounts monthly and earn "sponsor" status. "I much rather ask friends and supporters to help out a little at a time than to get bombarded all at once," he said. He does not have a professional fundraiser work for his campaign but relies upon volunteers, he said.

Goodwin also said the regular email with "exclusive updates" is just a newsletter recapping his public activities and remarks, not featuring special information for donors. He said it much different than what controversial nonprofit tied to Gov. Pat McCrory is offering in its special briefings for major donors. "It summarizes things I say everyday ... so its nothing different than what I've said in other venues," he said. "I'm very accessible."

The fact he is fundraising three months after being taking another four-year term is "a necessary evil," he said. "If you're not active in non-election years, you can't make it up in election years," he said, noting that the legislature is doing away with public financing of campaigns.

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