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State GOP leaders report fundraising advantage over Democrats

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Republicans now in charge of the North
Carolina Legislature are benefiting from newly-earned political
power in their campaign coffers, too.

GOP leaders of the Senate and House had a fundraising advantage
over their Democratic counterparts at the close of 2011. Senate
leader Phil Berger reported raising $502,000 in the past year. The
Senate Republican Caucus said that amount was more than what all
other 19 Democrats in the Senate raised individually.

In the House, Speaker Thom Tillis reported raising $361,000,
compared to $145,000 by Minority Leader Joe Hackney.

Campaign finance analyst Jonathan Kappler said the margins
reflect how campaign money flows to power, just as Democrats had a
fundraising advantage for years.

Democrats said Tuesday the GOP advantage is skewed because
several Republican incumbents have borrowed from their personal
funds.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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