A SuperPac supporting the election of George Holding to North Carolina’s 13th congressional district seat in the U.S. House has been criticized by his opponent Paul Coble — a fellow Republican — and the newsroom at the N&O. SuperPACS, under federal campaign finance laws, can spend with basically no limits in support of a candidate, as long as the PAC does not coordinate with the campaigns it is supporting.
The N&O has identified some of the main donors to the pro-Holding SuperPAC:
The donors to the super PAC are Frank Holding, retired chairman of First Citizens ($100,000), Frank Holding Jr., CEO of First Citizens($10,000) Frank Holding, the candidate’s brother($5,000) Lonnie Poole, a Raleigh businessman($500), Robert Newcomb, a Raleigh businessman($750) David Ward Jr., a New Bern attorney ($5,000) C. David Johnson Jr., a Raleigh car dealer($16,000) Elbert Boyd, Raleigh businessman($2,000), Carolyn Holding, candidate’s cousin, ($50,000), Carmen Holding Ames ($50,000), John McNair Bell, candidate’s cousin, ($17,000), Fairley Bell Cook, candidate’s cousin (($17,000) and Victor E. Bell III, candidate’s cousin. ($17,000.)