Wayne Goodwin Becomes First Insurance Commissioner Candidate to Refuse Special Interest Money and To Opt-In to Public Financing

Wayne Goodwin Today (March 4th) Becomes First 2008 Insurance Commissioner Candidate to Refuse Special Interest Money: Challenges Dem, GOP Opponents To Do the Same

(Raleigh) – Wayne Goodwin, Democratic candidate for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner, is the first candidate for the post to notify the State Board of Elections that he will opt into the newly-established Voter-Owned Election Program. In other words, Goodwin is refusing PAC money, large dollar contributors, and special interest money as he begins his publicly-financed campaign.

“I have been a longtime proponent of elections where the emphasis is on ideas, character and ability, and not on money and special interests,” said Goodwin. “My record is proof-positive of that.”

Goodwin filed for Insurance Commissioner on Friday, February 29, and quickly raised the initial funds allowed in Phase One of the pilot program established by the legislature.

In the late afternoon of Tuesday, March 4th, only two business days since filing for office, Goodwin entered Phase Two when he personally submitted his official “Declaration of Intent” form to Kim Westbrook Strach, Deputy Director of Campaign Reporting at the State Board of Elections. He also presented a check from his campaign made out to the State Board due to his having raised more contributions than necessary.

Goodwin will now seek to become a certified publicly-financed candidate. That will require a minimum of 750 registered North Carolina individual voters to make small-dollar contributions of between $10 and $200 (personal checks or money orders only) that exceed a total of $29,000 and no more than $238,000. Participating candidates must complete their fundraising for the entire 2008 campaign by May 6.

“I challenge my fellow candidates to opt into this program. I challenge them to show that they are not beholden to special interests and the insurance industry,” said Goodwin.

Goodwin is presently the Assistant Commissioner of Insurance – which regulates the insurance industry - and a former 4-term member of the House of Representatives.

“We need an Insurance Commissioner focused on keeping insurance rates reasonably low, as well as ensuring a competitive insurance market here in North Carolina,” he said. “The voters are not well-served if candidates spend their whole year fundraising instead of meeting and hearing from voters across the State.”

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Contact: (910) 997-1301; or, gwaynegoodwin@gmail.com
Address: The Goodwin Committee, P.O. Box 1654, Hamlet NC 28345

Comments

Great, Wayne!!!!

THANK YOU!

Get out those checkbooks!

This is one of those special moments in politics where a $20 contribution to a Democrat from an average citizen counts just as much as a $2000 contribution from an insurance executive to a Republican. Wayne needs 750 registered North Carolina voters to step up in the next few weeks. Please consider supporting this important effort.

I'm writing my check for $38.67. If Wayne gets 750 people to write checks of that amount, he'll reach the $29,000 threshold required.

Send your check to The Goodwin Committee, P.O. Box 1654, Hamlet NC 28345.

Thank you, James!

With the reporting deadline set by the statute and the State Board of Elections, I am encouraging folks to respond urgently! My first report on the status of my contributions will be submitted within the next few weeks. So, for your contribution to make it onto the first report, please send what you can between $10 and $200 this week ... Personal check or money order only, made out to The Goodwin Committee. The idea James has of $38.67 is fantastic!

Wayne Represents what is best for NC

Wayne will carry on Jim Long's 40 year tradition of always deferring to the best interest of the citizens of North Carolina without regard to the political consequences.

Wayne Goodwin is the person we need to carry on the important and critical mission of representing our interest in North Carolina.

Wayne, I will do everything possible to assist you in my Congressional District.

Go Wayne!

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

And thank you, too, Marshall!

Working together, we will win our primary and general elections ... and make a positive difference in this State of ours!

This is so important!

Imagine what happens if Wayne and other candidates who are opting for public funding reach their goal quickly. The message it will send to the SBOE and the GA is that the voters of NC want publicly funded elections. And maybe we'll get more of them (publicly funded elections) in NC.

And yes, Marshall is right. Wayne is what we need in NC. My mother - out of nowhere last night asked me about that...

...young man your father knew so well from Richmond County. Wayne Goodwin, I think, his name was. He was such a nice young man. Very active with the Young Democrats, and so nice. Is he up to anything these days?

:-D Expect a check from me, and from my mother, Wayne. The Caliri's love the Goodwin's.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

What a way to end the day!

Linda's message not only made a terrific public policy point ... but also gave me the warm and fuzzies! My mom would be proud to know I've made a lasting first impression with the Caliri family.

Meanwhile, here's an additional way for everyone to help: Please crosspost the original post onto other blogs you frequent and underscore the urgency.

And with that, it's now time for me to read to my 5-year old daughter before she goes to sleep for the night. Good night, everybody! (JohnBoy, Mary Ellen, Jason, Elizabeth, et al.)

I can't crosspost anything unfortunately

But I can send a check - best of luck Wayne!

Micah 4:3:
... and they shall beat their swords into plowshares ... nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Thank you, Sam ...

... and please spread the word to friends and fellow Democrats. For reporting purposes I need the first round of contributions within the next 10 days.

The Goodwin Committee
P.O. Box 1654
Hamlet NC 28345

question on donating

Wayne - Is there a website where we can donate by credit card? Would love to get the points as well as donating to a good candidate

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

Excellent question - for these publicly financed races, ...

... NO credit card contributions are allowed for Council of State. Though Paypal and credit card contributions would make this process flow very, very easily, the NC General Assembly's law for this pilot program requires ONLY a personal check or a money order so that there is an original signature of the registered voter on the method of payment, something there is not on a credit card contribution.

Maybe we can encourage the legislature to revise/upgrade the law in 2009 to include credit card contributions.

Meanwhile, please send your check ... and encourage persons with significant others in their lives to do the same; even better, mail them together to: The Goodwin Committee, P.O. Box 1654, Hamlet NC 28345.

Thank you in advance, TrueMeckDem!

Wayne in action


Wayne Goodwin at the NCDP HQ in Raleigh last Friday for the Marshall Adame fundraiser just hours after filing for Insurance Commissioner.