Mike Pence fundraising for Tilli$$$$


News like this makes you wonder how seriously we can take all of this ‘cleaning up the swamp’ talk:


Vice President Mike Pence will attend a fundraising dinner with Sen. Thom Tillis in Greensboro on May 22, an important sign of support from the administration for Tillis, who faces a primary challenge in 2020.


The high-dollar event comes after Raleigh businessman Garland Tucker entered the race against Tillis for the Republican nomination. Tillis, a former NC House Speaker and first-term senator, is up for re-election in 2020. The event is paid for by Trump/Pence Victory, a joint fundraising committee for President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee.


Tillis, from has faced criticism from some North Carolina Republicans for not sufficiently backing Trump on immigration issues, notably Trump’s national emergency declaration. Tillis, who wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post explaining his rationale for voting against the emergency declaration, voted with the president after the backlash.


Tucker, in his first television ad, hit Tillis for his “flip flop” on the issue.


Both campaigns have made the other’s support (or lack thereof) for Trump an issue early in the race.


In recent days, Tillis has backed Trump on two notable issues — criticizing a Senate committee-issued subpoena to Donald Trump Jr. and tweeting support for the president’s tough stance on China trade negotiations.


Sen. Richard Burr, a fellow North Carolina Republican, leads the committee that issued the subpoena. The New York Times reported that Trump Jr.’s allies pressured Tillis into coming out against the subpoena.


Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and the party’s national deputy finance chair Louis DeJoy — the former CEO of New Breed Logistics and a Republican mega donor — will also attend the event. DeJoy hosted a fundraiser for President Donald Trump at his home in 2017.


The event has giving levels from $2,800 to $35,000.


McDaniel attended the Mecklenburg County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Douglass Dinner on May 9. Tillis was also a guest.


Tillis raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2019 and has $2.9 million cash on hand, according to the FEC. Tucker is not yet required to file with the FEC.


Several Democrats are running for the seat, including former Mecklenburg County commissioner Trevor Fuller, state Sen. Erica Smith and Raleigh tax attorney Eva Lee.


North Carolina is expected to be one of the top-tier races in the country as Republicans try to hold their slim majority in the Senate.

  How does Pence go from marching in the 9-12 Tea Party March on Washington to passing the plate for Tilli$$$$ ?


Pence has an image as a choir boy.  Tillis is the poster-boy for Pimpin’-while-in-office.  With him, everything has a price.



The National Republican Senatorial Committee has also been running ads supporting Tillis.  A former Trump advance man is being pushed as a candidate for NCGOP chairman.  A Trump  campaign rep is on the search committee for a new state GOP executive director.


In 2002, DC and a Republican White House pretty much picked Elizabeth Dole as our US senator.
Heavy-handedness  by DC in other states in the past has blown  up in the Trump White House’s collective face.  Will it happen here, as well?

9 thoughts on “Mike Pence fundraising for Tilli$$$$

  1. This is another example of what happens in large organizations. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. This tells me the the Republican swamp is backing Tillis and the Trump organizations is asleep at the switch. Tillis will support Trump unit he is
    re-elected and then go back to being a RINO.

    Alternative view: It may be smart politics for Pence to support Tillis to keep him in line until the election. Voters, do not forget who the RINO is.

  2. Are they going to force me out of the Republican Party? Is there anyone who stands for anything anymore?

  3. Does anyone seriously believe that Burr would have issued a subpoena without Thom’s concurrence?

  4. Unless someone can get to the VP and let him know this is a mistake, he’s gonna end up with dookey on his shoe.

    1. Even more than that, quicker than you can say “ Doug Jones, Democrat senator from Alabama”, the NSRC and it’s meddling are going to hand another senate seat to the Democrats. This isn’t deep red Mississippi or Alabama where the GOP primary winner always (usually, see above) wins in the fall. Grass roots revulsion runs deeper against Tillis than it did against Pat McCrory, and I have reason to believe that at least a few rural county Republican Chairs aren’t going to put up with Tillis anymore or the ncgop rule that normally handcuffs them in a GOP primary….not when the ncgop lets all these national players come in to tilt the playing field. The Tucker campaign is actively courting these rural county leaders and Tillis isn’t going back to DC in 2021 without 100 percent support from the rural counties.

  5. When I read this I was very concerned because it is the policy of the RNC, under Ronna McDaniel, not to endorse candidates who are part of a primary election. So I checked. This is officially a Re-elect the President fundraising event where ALL the money raised will go to the Trump campaign. Tillis will not get any of it and he has been invited only because he is the sitting US Senator ( There are some privileges that sitting US Senators do get regardless if anyone likes them or not). It was important that I fact check this because my reputation as someone who keeps to my obligations to be neutral during primaries is and remains intact.

    1. Mark, good point…care to share source details? AP’s initial story references invitation to fundraiser, and other media outlets are painting event as joint (Trump/Pence and Tillis) re-election efforts. NBC’s (?) W-S affiliate WXII (05-14-2019) said, “VP Mike Pence coming to Greensboro to help Incumbent fight off Senate primary challenger.” Dem/MSM will predictably use this kind of event to stir up trouble.

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