Recently filed campaign reports with the North Carolina Board of Elections are quite clear: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has tremendous momentum and organization in his 2012 re-election bid.
Goodwin’s campaign has raised $452,164 from well over 1,660 contributors and presently has $272,542 cash-on-hand as of April 23. And, his campaign has no debt. Supporters flock to events of his in every corner of North Carolina. And he’s in the newspaper or other media most days.
On the other hand, his top two opponents are nowhere close to that level of financial or organizational support.
The top Republican vote-getter on May 8th and Republican opponent to Goodwin had raised $52,000 by the April 23rd report, but that came from only two contributors (he and his spouse) and 97% of that was a personal loan from that opposing candidate -- and, by the way, a loan for which that candidate is charging his own campaign 5% percent interest. That opposition candidate also has an outstanding campaign debt of $162,500, mostly from failed campaigns of his in 2006, 2008 and 2010. That is Richard Morgan. He had $10,436.83 cash-on-hand as of April 23rd.
The second-place vote-getter on May 8th had raised approximately $14,000 by that report, and, unlike Morgan, his financial contributors were 214 in number. Mike Causey, who has now requested a run-off election between him and Morgan for July 17, had $4,241 cash-on-hand as of April 23rd, two weeks before that May primary.
Reflecting on the contrasts between his campaign and that of his opponents, incumbent Insurance Commissioner Goodwin said:
“I am humbled by the strong personal and financial support I’ve been shown so early in the election cycle. Folks who know me know that I am out working for citizens every day, and it’s energizing that such a deep, diverse, bipartisan pool of North Carolinians and friends want me to continue doing this job.”
Goodwin's contributors are quite bipartisan and reflect a broad-based level of support. Funds raised by the Goodwin campaign are - by all known indications - the most gathered at this stage of an Insurance Commissioner campaign in North Carolina.
It is also interesting to note that Morgan and Causey have run and lost four previous campaigns for the same office of Insurance Commissioner between them over the last 28 years. And when you count the current election, Goodwin's two GOP opponents will have run six times for this office!
While his potential, perennial General Election Republican opponents continue to be hyper-partisan, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin stresses how he, his job and his Team are all bipartisan in outreach and support, non-political in its work, and solely focused on doing what’s right and what’s expected of a popularly-elected state insurance commissioner.
And if his fundraising and organization are any indication, Goodwin’s re-election campaign has major momentum heading into the General Election while his opponents spend the next seven weeks running against each other as they await the July 17th run-off election.
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Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that the Department of Insurance saved or recovered more than $42.2 million for North Carolinians in 2011.
"I am very proud of the dedicated work of the Department of Insurance. Having recovered or saved more than $42 million in the last year alone shows that we are fighting fraud, holding our licensees to high standards, and helping people with their insurance questions or complaints," Goodwin said. "We are committed to building on this success as we continue protecting consumers in 2012."
Several divisions of the Department of Insurance contributed to the total recoveries and savings:
Counting all activities by Insurance Commissioner Goodwin, he has saved NC individuals, families and businesses more than $1 BILLION since taking office in 2009. Clearly, based on that statistic and all of his other work over the years, he is working for the best interests of North Carolina.
Starting days before Hurricane Irene made landfall in eastern and coastal North Carolina and for four months thereafter, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has been personally and very directly involved with fighting for the rebuilding and recovery of of the Tar Heel state.
For examples of his work on Hurricane Irene matters from August through December 2011, go to here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.
As you can see at the above links, Insurance Commissioner Goodwin - who also serves as the State Fire Marshal - first deployed his team into the field before the storm, helping fire departments and communities in advance of the storm. He sent out his investigators to go after scam artists, and activated the propery mediation program and prescription drug assistance program. Goodwin flew by helicopter over 15 stricken counties, touching down and touring three of them, all within 14 hours of Hurricane Irene departing the state.
Commissioner Goodwin has made no fewer than eleven personal trips to eastern and coastal North Carolina to view damage or to assist consumers and local governments with post-Irene issues.
During those visits, he has met with homeowners, business leaders, and locally-elected officials.
The Department and the Insurance Commissioner have also been dismayed - angered - by the acts of commission or omission perpetrated by private and public insurance adjusters, and third parties post-Irene. The Commissioner pledges further action in the near future on this topic once all investigations and analyses are completed.
Among the additional issues tackled by the Department of Insurance and Goodwin: Successfully encouraging FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to improve its services and be on the ground with homeowners at special Insurance Assistance Centers and to extend the period of time for proof of losses -- and addressing various, significant vacation travel insurance matters.
Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal
The funding is provided by the Volunteer Rescue/EMS fund, which was created by the
"Rescue and EMS organizations selflessly serve our communities large and small, and their budgets don't always match the magnitude of their responsibilities," Insurance Commissioner Goodwin said. "It is important that our state helps support them by providing the means by which they can obtain the best equipment to do their jobs safely and effectively."
There were a total of 160
For a complete list of 2011 grant recipients, and the dollar amount awarded to each, go to the
As noted on previous posts here and elsewhere, Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and his dedicated team of law enforcement officers continue to clean up the streets of North Carolina. Go to here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Easily you will note that no fraud is too small for the Commissioner and his team to go after.
Since North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin took office in 2008, criminal investigators have received more than 11,500 complaints, resulting in 550 arrests, 300 criminal convictions, and more than 115 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $47.6 million in restitution and recoveries for victims.
Insurance scam artists, embezzlers and bamboozlers beware -- the Capeless Crusader will be on to you before you know it!
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do ..." (with a nod to JFK and Ted Sorensen) - NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin speaking on 17 Nov 2011 to ASU students, faculty, and NC business leaders at Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, North Carolina. College students from ASU, UNC-Charlotte, and East Carolina University were preparing for their annual "Insurance Jeopardy" competition.
Educating the public about fire prevention is a priority goal for North Carolina's elected Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.
In his dual role as State Fire Marshal, Goodwin has traveled all across the state meeting with school children, first responders, civic and political leaders, and business owners.
For example, in early October Goodwin visited with fire department members in Lenoir. Then a few days later Commissioner Goodwin attended the 9th annual Cumberland County Fire Prevention Day in Fayetteville. Joining him were his toddler son, Jackson, a great fan of anything to do with the fire and rescue services, and Jan Parker, formerly with the Raleigh Fire Department and now with the Office of State Fire Marshal.
Later, in partnership with the NC Department of Cultural Resources, he led off a press conference and observed the chimney sweeping at the historic Tryon Palace in New Bern. "If there'd been a State Fire Marshal back then, the palace wouldn't have burned down in 1798," Goodwin quipped.
"My family and I will be practicing our family fire drill at home this Wednesday, and I encourage all North Carolinians to do the same with their families," said Goodwin. "Fire Prevention Week is a great time for everyone in the family to learn skills that will help them prevent fires all year long and escape a fire safely."
According to a National Fire Protection Association survey, less than 25 percent of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. And only 8 percent of Americans said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out of the house.
To learn more about this topic, go to this link for the official public press release from the Department of Insurance.
Following up on the prior post here at this blog about the September 29th re-election announcement and record fundraiser reception by NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, in the interest of transparency a list of known hosts and sponsors (to date) appears below:
The Honorable Jim Hunt
The Honorable Elaine Marshall
The Honorable Henry Frye
R. Gene Davis
Genworth Financial PAC
Health Network Solutions PAC
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Joyner
The Hon. David Levinson
Christopher V. Miller
David C. Miller
Nationwide Carolina Pol. Participation Fund
NC Assoc. of Insur & Financial Advisors PAC
NC Chiropractic Assoc. PAC
NC Farm Bureau PAC
NC Small Business PAC (Independent Insurance Agents of NC)
Ronnie Pack (+ Billy Walkowiak, Hoyt Tessener, David Yarborough, Doug Dunnegan)
Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants PAC
Kevin & Jennifer Trapani
United Healthcare PAC
Fletcher & Linda Willey
Donald C. Evans
Roger D. Evans, Jr.
J. Leon Hix
A. Dale Jenkins
F.R. Liggett, III
Jerry Meek & Hon. Tricia Cotham
NC Assoc. of Nurse Anesthetists PAC
Graham R. Neville
Med Coleman Northcutt
Lloyd Tracy Rainwater
Henry E. Teich
United Transportation PAC
John I. Wilson
Jim & Ellie Daniels
Mark B. Edwards, Jr.
Ronald V. Engle
NC Build PAC (NC Homebuilders)
NC Dental PAC
NC Funeral PAC
NC State Farm Agents PAC
Davidson & Anne Neville
Quang C. Nguyen
Donald Glenn Pierce
C. Douglas Sutton
John Wooten, III
Seth T. Wooten
Larry M. Barnes
Mark L. Bibbs
Anthony L. Broadway
D.M. Campbell, Jr.
Peter W. Chauncey
Thomas A. Christ
Willie T. Closs
Charles F. Curtis
Howard H. Davis
Hon. Bruce Goforth
Fairley J. Grimes
Richard L. Hall
Myrna S. Harris
J. Darrell Jernigan
M. Keith Kapp
Frank R. Liggett, III
Don R. Linn
Mack Braswell Pearsall
Hon. Gary Pendleton
Don M. Royster, Jr.
Dewey B. Sheffield
David C. Smith
J. Dal Snipes
Jim L. Spicer
Robert L. Sterrick
James W. Stickney, IV
Sarah S. Thornburg
Diane W. Trainor
Van Duncan for Sheriff Committee
Mona Lisa Wallace
Rose Vaughn Williams
Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr.
Thomas W. Frazier, III
Wnyoka LewantowiczWilliam (Billy) Walkowiak