Murphy outraises, outspends Thomas


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, September 8, 2019

GREENVILLE — Republican candidate Greg Murphy outraised Democratic candidate Allen Thomas by $337,015 going into Tuesday’s special election to fill the 3rd Congressional District seat, campaign finance reports show.

Murphy, a state House member from Greenville, raised $901,590 between Jan. 1 and Aug. 21, the deadline for the pre-special election report, according to the Federal Elections Commission’s website.

Thomas, a former mayor of Greenville, raised $564,575 during the same time period, according to the FEC website.

Both candidates will be on Tuesday’s special election ballot in the 17-county 3rd Congressional District along with Libertarian Tim Harris and Constitution Party candidate Greg Holt.

The FEC website shows neither Harris nor Holt have filed any campaign finance documents.

According to Murphy’s campaign finance documents, the candidate received $801,590 in contributions and made a $100,000 loan to his campaign.

Thomas received $334,097 in contributions and made a $230,000 loan to his campaign.

Murphy’s contributions include $516,621 in itemized individual contributions, which are contributions of $200 or more during the same election cycle by an individual. Murphy also received $67,276 in unitemized individual donations, which are contributions less than $200. The difference between the two is that the names of those making itemized contributions have to be listed on a campaign finance report, while donors of unitemized contributions do not.

Thomas’s contributions included $240,163 in itemized individual contributions and $77,884 in unitemized individual contributions.

The campaigns also had to list other committee contributions, which typically are donations from political action committees or other candidates.

Murphy received $205,693 in committee contributions from more than 100 sources. He received more than $103,000 from more than two-dozen PACs representing multiple medical specialties such as the American Dental Association PAC, the American Association of Clinical Urologists PAC and National Emergency Medicine PAC.

Murphy also received donations from the House Freedom Fund, which is affiliated with U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; Cowboy PAC, a fund association with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, daughter of former vice-president Dick Cheney; the National Rifle Association of American Political Victory Fund and the Gun Owners of American Political Victory Fund.

Thomas’ reports show he received $16,050 in committee contributions from 13 sources. That includes two, $2,000 contributions from Butterfield for Congress, the principal campaign committee for U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.

Thomas also received $5,000 from the Machinists Non Partisan Political League, the political arm of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. The other donations came from elected Democrats, county and regional Democratic Party organizations and the N.C. Soybean Producers PAC.

Murphy’s campaign paid out $803,487 in expenses, the bulk of which — $793,887 — went for operations. Among the recipients were Campaign General and its owner Doug Schooley for media and advertising related work; LSR Consulting, for administrative work, fundraising and other activities; and Uwharrie Consulting for telemarketing and telecommunications services.

Other expenditures included rented campaign office space, payments to campaign workers and campaign events, food and hotel charges.

The Thomas campaign has paid out $476,025 in expenses, with most of it — $468,606 — going toward operating expenses.

Thomas’ campaign spent money with Veracity Media for television advertising and digital consulting. Mothership Strategies was another company that provided digital consulting and advertising work for the Thomas campaign. Deliver Strategies provided direct mail support. Other funds went to salaries for campaign workers, advertising on local television and radio stations and in local newspapers.

Thomas’ campaign also paid Nexus Strategies for compliance consulting and ADP for assistance with paying payroll taxes.