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N.C. GOP sells access to Gov. Pat McCrory

The N.C. Republican Party has sent out invitations for a private "Governor's Business Roundtable" Wednesday evening featuring Gov. Pat McCrory and state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes, writes the Insider's Patrick Gannon. An email advertising the roundtable and reception says the "future of North Carolina" will be discussed at the event, which will be held at the GOP headquarters on Hillsborough Street.

According to the invite, a "Roundtable Host" pays $5,000 to get two people in, plus a photo opportunity and an annual membership on the Chairman's Advisory Board. For $2,500, an attendee gets a ticket and an annual membership on the Capitol Leadership Council. Two people can get into the reception, but not the roundtable, for $1,000. Checks should be made out to the N.C. Republican Party.

A spokesman for the Republican Party didn't offer any details when asked who was invited and how many people would attend, among other questions. "We can't release any information on party donors, and it's a private event," said Mike Rusher, chief of staff for the N.C. Republican Party, in an email. McCrory's public schedule for Wednesday doesn't mention the roundtable and reception. The governor's press office didn't respond to a phone message Tuesday afternoon.


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