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NC7 candidates release fundraising totals for 1st quarter

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Seventh Congressional GOP candidates David Rouzer and Woody White are trumpeting their fundraising efforts as their primary campaigns head toward the May 6 primary election.

Rouzer, the former state Senator and nominee in 2012, reports raising $293,121.45 in the first quarter of 2014, with nearly $419,000 cash on hand heading into the final weeks of the primary campaign. According to his campaign report to be filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Rouzer has raised $679,756 in this election cycle.

"Our supporters know that David Rouzer has a proven record of tackling tough problems with conservative solutions and they want to see him in Congress," Tyler Foote, Rouzer's Campaign Manager said in an email statement. "Our successful fundraising is a direct result of the excitement surrounding David's candidacy and the resolve of his supporters to restore common-sense, conservative leadership to Washington."

White is also a former state Senator and current Chairman of the New Hanover County Commissioners. White campaign officials sent out a news release saying it raised more than $400,000 in its first 100 days. Robert Andrews, White's campaign manager, added the campaign has "just over $100,000 cash on hand, with one-half of its TV budget paid for" at the end of the quarter.

"Support for my campaign has been overwhelming and generous," White said in an emailed news release. "97% of my contributors are hardworking folks from right here in the district, who want real change in Washington."

Chris Andrade's campaign reported raising $21,615 in contributions in the first quarter, which included a $21,000 loan from Andrade himself. The campaign lists $6,587.32 cash on hand at the end of March.

"We are proud that we are a respected campaign in spite of so few resources because leadership and solutions are the most important things in this election," Andrade said in an email statement. "The message is more important than money."

When reached by phone Tuesday, Democratic candidate Jonathan Barfield said his campaign raised "about $13,000" in the first quarter, but he did not have figures on the amount of cash on hand. Barfield's primary opponent, Walter Martin Jr. of Princeton, will not file an FEC report since he says he "has not met the $5,000 threshold.".

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