Tine takes lead in fundraising

Published 12:31 am Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Democratic candidate in state House District 6 has outstripped his potential Republican opponents in fundraising, according to a recent campaign-finance report filed with the State Board of Elections.

Paul Tine, the Democrat from Kitty Hawk, listed total receipts of $30,900 so far this election cycle, reads the year-end, semi-annual report, dated Jan. 26.

He had $30,837.46 cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, the documents show.

Tine had spent very little of his campaign cash, drafting just $62.54 for office expenses.

Tine, owner of an insurance agency, gave his own campaign $4,000 on Dec. 20, 2011.

Tine’s nearest fundraising competitor was former state Rep. Arthur Williams, who had $12,735.05 cash on hand at last report.

Williams, a onetime Democrat and a Washington resident, is one of the three candidates pursuing the Republican nomination in District 6. He made an unsuccessful try for re-election as a Democrat in 2010, and had part of his old campaign war chest left over for use this election year.

As a Democratic candidate, Williams had a history of compiling six-figure campaign accounts with the help of individuals, political action committees and other lawmakers.

Candidates who raise more than $1,000 must file detailed campaign-finance reports with the State Board of Elections.

Jerry Evans, also of Washington, apparently hadn’t filed a detailed report.

The other Republican hopeful, Mattie Lawson of Kill Devil Hills, also hadn’t filed a report. In an interview on Tuesday, Lawson said it was too early for her to begin fundraising.

Evans and Lawson have estimated they’ll need to take in $75,000 to run effective campaigns in District 6, which covers northern Beaufort County plus all of Hyde, Dare and Washington counties.

Tine has estimated he’ll need to gather $100,000 to $200,000 for his campaign.

“I think you’ll see a very strong first report,” he said in a late-December interview with the Daily News.

Among Tine’s local contributors was Surry Everett, chairman of the Beaufort County Democratic Party. Everett gave Tine’s campaign $500.

Candidates typically use most of their campaign cash to spread awareness of their faces, names and messages. Expenditures often include ads on TV and radio and in newspapers, mailers, travel and office expenses and other uses acceptable under state law.

In North Carolina, a contributor may give a maximum of $4,000 to a candidate before an election — $4,000 ahead of the primary election and $4,000 before the general election, or $8,000 total.