He took some heat for his financial support of a slander campaign against Senator Thad Cochran’s 2014 conservative primary challenger in Mississippi. He publicly sided with Thom Thilli$$$ in North Carolina’s 2014 US Senate primary — while nearly TWO handfuls of Republican candidates were in the race.
In the June 2016 special congressional primaries, congressman Robert Pittenger was locked in a heated three-way primary challenge in a seriously redrawn district. (Pittenger was also reportedly under scrutiny from the IRS and FBI for his private business dealings.) Never mind the presence of two other viable GOP challengers. Senator Richard Burr was ready to help.
Burr’s leadership PAC — The Next Century Fund — cut Pittenger a check for $5000 on May 24, 2016. Election day for the congressional primaries in North Carolina was June 7. Pittenger ended up eking out a 142-vote victory against Union County businessman Todd Johnson and Charlotte Pastor Mark Harris. Pittenger, like Burr, gained notoriety for publicly ridiculing the idea of fighting ObamaCare implementation.