Candidates in North Carolina’s two special elections are rushing to raise money — and then spend it in a hurry.
Longleaf Politics looked through campaign finance reports for the first quarter to see which consultants and firms are the main beneficiaries of this year’s donations.
The data is incomplete, especially for 9th Congressional District candidates. Their campaign season just began at the end of the first quarter, meaning they might not have paid a consultant by the time reports were due.
We’ll update this story as more info comes available.
Want to learn more about political consultants in North Carolina? Here’s our guide.
9th Congressional District consultants and firms
Stony Rushing: He’s using Conservative Connections and Compass Strategic Consulting as his political consultants. Conservative Connections worked on the Mark Harris campaign as well.
Matthew Ridenhour: Ridenhour has Brad Shattuck with Strategic Impact as a general consultant, and the campaign is managed by J. Sam Daniels. His campaign treasurer is Bradley T. Crate, the founder of Red Curve Solutions in Massachusetts. Crate was the CFO on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Ridenhour also uses Anedot for donations.
Dan Bishop: Early announcements included the name of Kelly Tain, Bishop’s long-time campaign manager. She no longer appears on new press releases. Tain had worked on Mark Harris’s campaign. Bishop uses Anedot for donations.
Leigh Brown: She used Targeted Victory, a Virginia digital marketing and communications firm, to set up her website fundraising.
Stevie Rivenbark: She’s using Raise the Money out of Arkansas to collect online donations.
3rd Congressional District consultants and firms
Allen Thomas (D): He’s using Nexus Strategies as his primary consultant. Gov. Roy Cooper used the same firm. Deliver Strategies out of Virginia is doing Thomas’s print media and direct mail.
Richard Bew (D): Walsworth Landset Research is doing research for the campaign. BerlinRosen is doing communications and media.
Jeff Moore (R): He’s using Tidewater Strategies as the primary consultant.
Michelle Nix (R): She’s picked Axiom Strategies, described as the largest Republican consultancy in the country, for media buying. Aristotle out of D.C. is the technology provider.
Francis De Luca (R): He’s using McLaughlin & Associates and PEM Management as consultants.
Joan Perry (R): She’s using Stoneridge Group out of Georgia for her print mailers.
Eric Rouse (R): Targeted Victory for donations.