Lt. Governor Dan Forest Named National Chair of RLGA

North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest Named Chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association for 2018

Arkansas’ Griffin to Serve as Vice-Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2018) — The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association announced today that North Carolina Lt. Governor Dan Forest will serve as chairman for 2018.

First elected in 2012, Lt. Governor Forest is only the second Republican elected Lt. Governor in the state of North Carolina since 1897 and the first Republican ever to be re-elected to the position. In 2016, Forest easily defeated his Democratic opponent by over 300,000 votes, gaining more votes than both presidential and gubernatorial candidates.

Lt. Governor Dan Forest released the following statement upon the announcement:

“It’s a tremendous honor to be named chairman of the RLGA for this midterm cycle. My engagement with the RLGA has allowed me to interact with Republican Lt. Governors from around the country, and I’m excited to be able to continue to facilitate those relationships. With 31 Republican Lt. Governors currently in office, Republicans will have a lot of territory to defend in 2018, and I look forward to helping elect Republican Lt. Governors across the country this year.”

The RLGA also announced that Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin will serve alongside Lt. Governor Forest as Vice Chairman. First elected in 2014, Griffin previously served as U.S. Representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District from 2011 to 2015, including being a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Majority Whip. Griffin holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  Griffin also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.

“I look forward to working with Dan to help elect common sense conservative lieutenant governors all across the country who know how to solve problems and get things done. Dan and I are excited about the opportunity to build upon the success the RLGA has already had electing candidates who are committed to the core principles of freedom, security, and prosperity for all Americans,” Lt. Governor Griffin stated. 

“As the highest ranking statewide Republican in North Carolina, Lt. Governor Forest has consistently been an outspoken voice for responsible governance and leadership in the Tar Heel state. Lt. Governor Forest knows what it takes to win in a competitive environment, and with Lt. Governor Griffin at his side, their shared experience will be a tremendous asset to the RLGA in what is expected to be a challenging election year,” said Matt Walter, President of the Republican State Leadership Committee. 

In 2016, the RLGA made its largest investment, nearly a million dollars, in its history at that time to a Political Action Committee supporting Lt. Governor Forest’s re-election campaign. Since 2016, six Republican Lt. Governors have ascended to become Governors of their respective states. 

The 2018 Executive Committee will also include Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, serving as Annual Conference Chair; Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

ABOUT THE RSLC

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect Republicans to multiple down-ballot, state-level offices. Since 2002, the RSLC has been working to elect candidates to the offices of lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state legislator, the judiciary and other down-ticket races. After Election Night 2017, state-level Republicans maintain 67 of 99 legislative chamber majorities in red, purple and blue states, hold 31 lieutenant governor seats, and control 30 secretaries of state offices. To learn more about the RSLC, please visit www.rslc.gop or follow @RSLC on Twitter.

About the RLGA

The Republican Lieutenant Governors Association (RLGA), a caucus of the RSLC, is the only national organization committed to raising money and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor. Across the nation, Republican lieutenant governors perform critical tasks overseeing small business recruitment, heading economic development, administering fair elections, maintaining homeland security and leading disaster recovery. Republicans currently hold 31 of the 45 lieutenant governor offices nationwide, including 14 of the 19 independently elected positions and 17 of the 25 team-elected/appointed seats.

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Dan Forest Fundraising On Track To Oust Cooper In 2020

RALEIGH – The campaign arm for Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest released its latest fundraising figures on Thursday, showing he will have the firepower to challenge Roy Cooper in 2020 and finally bring some conservative leadership to the mansion on Blount Street.

Forest’s campaign released the totals he raised, not just for his election committee, The Committee to Elect Dan Forest, but also publicly released the totals he raised during the same cycle for two other entities.

Here are the numbers:

Committee to Elect Dan Forest

Amount Raised: $631,515

Cash on Hand: $336,239

Republican Council of State Committee, of which Dan Forest is the chairman

Amount Raised: $1,416,151

Cash on Hand: $1,332,772

Truth & Prosperity, a NC Registered Super PAC

Amount Raised: $1,000,000

Cash on Hand: $1,036,295.41

Little more than a year of fundraising, and Forest seems to be building a respectable war chest to spread his conservative message across the Old North State.

The ‘Republican Council of State Committee’ is notable because of just how much influence those statewide elected leaders have across state government agencies. Republican N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell has been a great example of just how much a difference conservative leadership can make.

Now imagine the difference a REAL conservative like Dan Forest could make as governor?

That message is perhaps best driven home with voters from Murphy to Manteo through the Truth & Prosperity Super PAC. By law the Super PAC is at least an arm’s length from the Forest campaign, but such PACs are often very effective at delivering unfiltered, hard hitting truth bombs.

Looking at the PAC’s numbers, it’s clear they are saving their firepower.

When it comes to Forest versus Cooper, there will be plenty of material for the PAC to work with because the contrast between a tried and true conservative leader, and a sniveling Leftist that will smear our own state to advance his political career (manufactured House Bill 2 media storm?) could not be starker.

A cursory search for Cooper’s released fundraising didn’t turn up anything, so it is hard to compare numbers. Obviously he will have the progressive N.C. Democratic Party helping him out there too.

As Forest ramps up his fundraising over the next year, it will be interesting to see how they stack up against each other. Total money should not be given too much importance though, because the messages offered by the two candidates will resonate very differently. Something tells us that Forest will get far more bang for his buck.

2020 here we come.

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Likely gubernatorial candidate Forest touts fundraising

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest

RALEIGH — The latest fundraising numbers released by likely 2020 North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest could make fellow Republicans think twice before getting into the race against him.

The lieutenant governor’s campaign committee said this week he had raised more than $3 million during 2017 for the committee and two other political groups, including a “super PAC” that promoted Forest during his successful 2016 re-election bid.

That group, an independent expenditure committee called Truth and Prosperity, received only one donation last year, a $1 million contribution in late December from a private investment firm executive, according to a report filed with the state elections board. Committees had until Friday to turn in reports for the six months ending Dec. 31. 

An email to supporters announcing the 2017 figures had Forest taking credit for raising money for all three committees.

“We issued a public statement to be transparent with the general public,” Hal Weatherman, who is both Forest’s chief of staff and his top political aide, said on Friday. “The three entities we solicit for are all required by law to disclose their donors to the general public” with reports to the elections board, Weatherman said.

Forest, a Raleigh architect first elected in 2012, has made no secret of his interest in seeking to unseat Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. He’s built a statewide network of supporters and has been a voice for social conservatives in support for the state’s previous “bathroom bill” and school choice options.

Forest’s campaign committee reported raising $631,500 last year. And the Republican Council of State Committee, a newly formed organization designed to help elect Republican candidates to statewide elected offices, raised $1.4 million, according to Forest’s email. The Council of State committee filing had not been posted on the board’s website Friday.

Larry Shaheen, a Republican political consultant, said Forest’s diverse fundraising represents a level of sophistication found in other states.

“It sends a huge message that his campaign is being run like a well-oiled machine, which is what Republicans will need to take on a sitting governor,” Shaheen said in an interview. “The only question is whether someone is willing to at this point to go through what looks like a very expensive” primary, he added.

Former GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, who narrowly lost to Cooper in the 2016 election, has said he’s keeping his options open to run again. He said recently he’ll decide after this November’s midterm elections.

Still, Cooper’s campaign committee reported raising nearly $1.5 million last year, or more than double what Forest’s campaign committee collected. The Cooper for North Carolina committee had $1.1 million in cash as of Dec. 31 compared to $336,000 in the Forest committee. Separately, Cooper has been raising money to help Democrats win additional legislative seats in 2018 and 2020.

A Cooper campaign spokesman declined comment Friday.

The $1 million donation to Truth and Prosperity came from Greg Lindberg, owner of Durham-based Eli Global, its report said. Truth and Prosperity can receive unlimited amounts of money from individuals or businesses but can’t coordinate spending with Forest.

In a release, the state Democratic Party accused Forest’s campaign of “improperly and potentially illegally” coordinating with Truth and Prosperity through the fundraising.

Josh Lawson, a lawyer at the state elections board, said Supreme Court rulings indicate a North Carolina candidate can raise money for an independent committee because state law is silent on whether that activity is unlawful coordination.

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Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Releases Campaign Finance Totals

(Raleigh, NC)– The campaign office of Lt. Governor Dan Forest today publicly released their cycle-to-date campaign finance results for the reporting period ending December 31, 2017.

As a reminder, state law requires all statewide elected officials to release the amount of money raised during certain prescribed reporting cycles each year. Today’s figures are based on the fundraising dollars raised cycle-to-date – the time period running from the conclusion of the 2016 general election and December 31, 2017.

Forest’s campaign released the totals he raised, not just for his election committee, The Committee to Elect Dan Forest, but also publicly released the totals he raised during the same cycle for two other entities.

Results:

Committee to Elect Dan Forest

Amount Raised: $631,515

Cash on Hand: $336,239

Republican Council of State Committee, of which Dan Forest is the chairman

Amount Raised: $1,416,151

Cash on Hand: $1,332,772

Truth & Prosperity, a NC Registered Super PAC

Amount Raised: $1,000,000

Cash on Hand: $1,036,295.41

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