Of the state lawmakers from southeastern North Carolina, Sen. Bill Rabon (R) had the most cash on hand at the end of the year, nearly $150,000. Sen. Thom Goolsby (R), who isn't seeking re-election had the least, with only 20 cents.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The level of fundraising by area lawmakers ran the gamut in the last half of 2013, as did the balances in their campaign coffers.
Of the state lawmakers from southeastern North Carolina, Sen. Bill Rabon (R) had the most cash on hand at the end of the year, nearly $150,000.
Sen. Thom Goolsby (R), who isn't seeking re-election, had the least - only 20 cents, according to campaign finance reports. Goolsby also had more than $196,000 in outstanding loans to his campaign.
Rabon raised $85,495 from individuals. At least 85 percent of those contributions came from people outside his district, which is comprised of Brunswick, Bladen and Pender counties, along with a small part of New Hanover.
Much of Rabon's individual contributions came from Columbus County, which he represented when he first went to Raleigh. Rabon was raised in the Columbus County town of Fair Bluff.
The area lawmaker who took in the least was Rep. Ted Davis (R), who raised about $5,000. But he had $27,232 cash on hand at the end of the year.
Rep. William Brisson (D) of Bladen County didn't raise any money from individual donors, although he did get $7,500 from political committees including, CSX, a beer and wine trade association, and the N.C. Pork Council.
Rep. Susi Hamilton (D) found support from the film industry, receiving $2,375 from people who work in the business. Hamilton is pushing to extend the state's film incentives, which are set to expire at the end of the year.
Sen. Michael Walters (D), who's not seeking re-election, had nearly $15,000 left in his campaign account at the end of the year. He says he'll use the balance to pay his Senate caucus dues and other expenses that come up before the end of his term.
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