Realtors’ group backs Beasley, Karriker with $47,900 in Durham election

jwise@newsobserver.comOctober 30, 2013 

A political-action committee associated with the N.C. Association of Realtors has spent $47,900 promoting City Council candidates Omar Beasley and Pam Karriker.

According to a finance report filed with the Durham County Board of Elections, the N.C. Homeowners Alliance paid a Florida political consultant for campaign mailers.

The Alliance is listed as “inactive” by the state Board of Elections, and shares a Greensboro address with the active N.C. Realtors PAC. The report lists Bryan Jenkins of Greensboro, an employee of the Realtors Association, as the Alliance’s “custodian of the books.”

The Realtors PAC has given $200 to Beasley’s campaign committee, and the same amount to his opponent for the Ward 2 council seat, Eddie Davis.

It also donated $500 to Karriker’s campaign and $100 to her opponent in Ward 3, Don Moffitt; and $600 to incumbent Mayor Bill Bell’s.

According to pre-election reports filed this week, Moffitt’s campaign committee has led all candidates in the municipal election, both in donations and spending. His report shows $24,715.41 in contributions during the election cycle that began Jan. 1, and $17,316.34 in expenses.

Karriker’s committee reported contributions totaling $6,560.19 and expenses of $5,161.03.

Davis’ committee reported $13,416.38 in and $10,718.19 spent, while Beasley’s totals were $4,186.70 in and $4,947.67 out.

Bell’s committee reported $11,0856 in and $1,961.06 spent; his opponent, minister Sylvester Williams, reported $2,130.30 in and $2,005.30 spent.

Wise: 919-641-5895

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