RALEIGH – The campaign arm for Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest released its latest fundraising figures on Thursday, showing he will have the firepower to challenge Roy Cooper in 2020 and finally bring some conservative leadership to the mansion on Blount Street.
Forest’s campaign released the totals he raised, not just for his election committee, The Committee to Elect Dan Forest, but also publicly released the totals he raised during the same cycle for two other entities.
Here are the numbers:
Committee to Elect Dan Forest
Amount Raised: $631,515
Cash on Hand: $336,239
Republican Council of State Committee, of which Dan Forest is the chairman
Amount Raised: $1,416,151
Cash on Hand: $1,332,772
Truth & Prosperity, a NC Registered Super PAC
Amount Raised: $1,000,000
Cash on Hand: $1,036,295.41
Little more than a year of fundraising, and Forest seems to be building a respectable war chest to spread his conservative message across the Old North State.
The ‘Republican Council of State Committee’ is notable because of just how much influence those statewide elected leaders have across state government agencies. Republican N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell has been a great example of just how much a difference conservative leadership can make.
Now imagine the difference a REAL conservative like Dan Forest could make as governor?
That message is perhaps best driven home with voters from Murphy to Manteo through the Truth & Prosperity Super PAC. By law the Super PAC is at least an arm’s length from the Forest campaign, but such PACs are often very effective at delivering unfiltered, hard hitting truth bombs.
Looking at the PAC’s numbers, it’s clear they are saving their firepower.
When it comes to Forest versus Cooper, there will be plenty of material for the PAC to work with because the contrast between a tried and true conservative leader, and a sniveling Leftist that will smear our own state to advance his political career (manufactured House Bill 2 media storm?) could not be starker.
A cursory search for Cooper’s released fundraising didn’t turn up anything, so it is hard to compare numbers. Obviously he will have the progressive N.C. Democratic Party helping him out there too.
As Forest ramps up his fundraising over the next year, it will be interesting to see how they stack up against each other. Total money should not be given too much importance though, because the messages offered by the two candidates will resonate very differently. Something tells us that Forest will get far more bang for his buck.
2020 here we come.