August 8, 2022/Media, Press

“We’re Great With It:” Budd Campaign Proud To Fundraise With Election Deniers While Hiding From NC Voters

Congressman Budd, who has spent the last few months hiding from the campaign trail and dodging press, is now emerging to host a fundraiser with Cleta Mitchell, “a woman integral in scheming with former President Donald Trump to try to overturn the 2020 election results.” 

It’s no surprise that someone who called insurrectionists “just patriots standing up” feels “great” about standing alongside someone “who was on the phone with Trump in January when he urged Georgia’s secretary of state to ‘find’ the votes Trump needed to win the 2020 presidential election.”

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News & Observer: ICYMI: Trump adviser who tried to overturn election hosts NC fundraiser for US Senate candidate

  • A woman integral in scheming with former President Donald Trump to try to overturn the 2020 election results is now hosting a fundraiser for a U.S. Senate candidate in North Carolina.
  • Trump adviser Cleta Mitchell, a resident of Pinehurst who has been repeatedly mentioned throughout Jan. 6, 2021, news coverage and committee hearings in Congress, is hosting a fundraiser on Aug. 15 for Rep. Ted Budd. Budd is running to replace retiring Sen. Richard Burr. 
  • “We’re great with it,” said Jonathan Felts, senior adviser to Budd. 
  • Dory MacMillan, a spokeswoman for Budd’s Democratic opponent, Cheri Beasley, said she wasn’t surprised. 
  • “Given Congressman Budd’s record of siding with special interests and wealthy donors over North Carolinians, it’s unsurprising that Congressman Budd is more focused on spending time with out-of-touch mega donors pushing the Big Lie than hard working North Carolinians,” MacMillan said. 
  • Budd’s fundraiser includes one other tie to the former president: Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump. At one point, Lara Trump, who grew up in Wilmington, considered running against Budd for Burr’s seat. 
  • But last summer, Lara Trump decided against running and at the GOP state Convention in Greenville, the former president announced his endorsement of Budd.