Jim Goodnight, the chief executive officer and founder of the SAS Institute, the Cary computer software company, will hold a fund raiser at his home tonight for Democratic House Speaker Joe Hackney.
Hackney is in the middle of a difficult fight to retain Democratic control of the House during a Republican year.. The Democrats hold a 68-52 margin.
“We think we are doing well in a difficult climate,” Hackney said. “We think we will maintain our majority. But we have four weeks to go.”
Forbes ranks Goodnight as the nation's 35th richest American with a net worth of $6.9 billion. Goodnight contributes to both political parties. For example, he is a major donor to Republican Sen. Richard Burr's re-election effort.