Susan Evans Outraises Opponent, Sen. Tamara Barringer

Challenger outpaces incumbent, doubles her support from individual donors

RALEIGH, N.C. – Second-quarter campaign finance reports reveal that for the second straight period, 17th Senate District challenger Susan Evans has raised more money than the incumbent, Sen. Tamara Barringer (R-Wake).

Evans hauled in nearly $83,000 in the quarter ending June 30th, vaulting her ahead of Barringer, who reported only $35,750 in the previous four months. Evans also outraised Barringer in the two-month first quarter.

“People in Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina are ready for a change, and I’m honored to have received such broad support for my campaign,” Evans said.

All told, Evans has raised over $126,000 to Barringer’s $105,000.

There is also a stark difference in the sources of the two candidates’ financial support. More than half of Barringer’s contributions have come from special-interest PACs whose interests Barringer routinely puts above those of working families. For example, she has taken $11,000 lifetime from Duke Energy PAC, including $4,000 in this most recent quarter. She voted to give Duke a $265 million annual tax cut[1] while sticking Duke’s customers with the cost of coal ash cleanup[2]. By contrast, Evans has received only two PAC donations, both from a pro-choice advocacy organization.

Special interests aside, Evans has outraised Barringer more than 2:1 ($107,585 to $50,837), and she has attracted the support of nearly six times as many donors (591 to 105).

In particular, Evans has vastly exceeded Barringer with small-dollar donors. 215 of Evans’ supporters have contributed $50 or less. Barringer has only 15 such donors. In the last quarter alone, Evans got 176 such donations, while Barringer had only seven.

“I am very proud to have such strong grassroots support fueling my campaign,” said Evans. “Voters across the district agree that it’s time to renew North Carolina’s promise of a high-quality public education; an economy that works for all, not just those at the top; and a government by and for the people. This promise has been threatened by my opponent and her special-interest backers, and the people are fighting back.”

[1] News & Observer, 12/19/13

[2] SB 729, Conf Rpt, 8/20/14