Buck Newton holding fundraiser with Florida AG at the center of Trump University scandal

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Pam Bondi closed investigation into Trump University after receiving $25,000 from Trump’s bogus foundation

RALEIGH -- Buck Newton, the Republican candidate for attorney general, is holding a fundraiser in Raleigh on Thursday night featuring the Florida attorney general at the center of a "pay to play" scandal involving Donald Trump’s bogus “charitable” foundation.

Pam Bondi is headlining Newton’s fundraiser, which is scheduled for 6:00pm at 1624 Oberlin Road in Raleigh.Senate President Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, and Sen. Chad Barefoot are also slated to attend.

Bondi has drawn national headlines after it was revealed that Trump gave $25,000 to Bondi’s re-election effort shortly before Bondi canceled an investigation into whether Trump’s unaccredited for-profit “university” defrauded applicants across the country.

Trump has frequently boasted about donating money to corrupt politicians who then take action to benefit his business. “I’ve got to give to them, because when I want something, I get it,” Trump said in January. “When I call, they kiss my ass.”

“North Carolina doesn’t need a pay-to-play politician like Pam Bondi as our top law enforcement officer, and it’s disturbing that Buck Newton sees nothing wrong with raising money off a politician at the center of a corrupt bribery scandal,” said Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress NC Action. “Newton’s bigotry and extremism are bad enough, but celebrating a scandal-plagued politician like Pam Bondi raises serious questions about how Newton would use his influence as attorney general if he is elected.”

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