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View from the Hill

For Cooper, the way to the governor is through the legislature

Last week, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper released a video announcing the creation of a group called Take Back North Carolina.

In the video, Cooper criticized the policies of Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly and of Gov. Pat McCrory and the difficulty of challenging them.

“With the power of a super majority, no one can stop them,” Cooper said. “Well that starts to change now.”

The bottom of the site shows it is paid for by “Cooper for North Carolina.”

According to campaign finance documents, Cooper for North Carolina was an entity used in Cooper’s previous campaigns. It had updated its Statement of Organization forms in September.

Cooper has said he wants to run for governor in 2016, but that an official announcement is still a long way away.

By using Cooper for North Carolina to launch a campaign on not just McCrory but also the General Assembly, Cooper is trying to build credibility with people who oppose the legislature’s policies leading up to the midterm elections.

And launching his committee early has given him an advantage in fundraising. His latest campaign finance disclosure documents show he raised about $589,000 in the second half of last year.

Cooper might have realized that by launching his committee so early, he will have both political and financial capital in his war chest.

View from the Hill is a political blog by Daily Tar Heel staff writers. Any opinion expressed in it does not represent the Daily Tar Heel. Email the blog coordinator at

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