Federal campaign finance reports that came out this week provide a closer look at who the corporations were behind the national GOP group that pumped more than $1 million into one of the super PACs that backed state Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby’s re-election.
The Republican State Leadership Committee reports spending $13.3 million on campaigns around the country. It sent $1,165,000 million to Justice for All N.C., which in turn contributed heavily to the N.C. Judicial Coalition. Reports for those super PACs aren’t in yet.
Previously unreported contributors to the Republican State Leadership Committee include: Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C., $5,000; Coca-Cola Bottling Company, $5,000; Mark Craig, president of R.H. Barringer Distributing Co., $25,000; Duke Energy/Duke Power Co., $100,000; Henry Faison, chairman of a Charlotte property development company, $50,000; Michael Kahn, owner of the Charlotte Checkers ice hockey team, and his wife, Wendy Kahn, $25,000 each; Lorillard Tobacco Co., $125,764; SAS, $20,000; and Smithfield Foods, $25,000.
The group also sent $25,000 to Citizens for Accountability, a Charlotte group,and $50,000 to Real Jobs N.C., a pro-business organization.