A donation of at least $50 could get you a week at Wake County school board candidate Jennifer Mansfield's beach house in Emerald Isle.
For every $50 a person donates through Aug. 30, you will receive an entry in a raffle to win a week of your choice at Mansfield's "fabulous Rancho Relaxo." Mansfield said she started the raffle as a way to encourage donors to increase their contributions.
The raffle is legal under campaign finance law, something that Mansfield said she confirmed first with the State Board of Elections.
Kim Strach, deputy director of the State Board of Election's campaign finance division, said holding a raffle to raise campaign contributions is generally legal.
Strach said the donation of the beach house has to be from a person and not from a business and fall within campaign contribution limits. She said the value of the week's rental would need to be reported on campaign finance reports as an in-kind campaign contribution.
In this case, Mansfield is donating her own beach house. Plus, there's no limit to what she or her husband can donate to the campaign.
The 2009 listed weekly rental rate for the beach house is $700, plus a $75 cleaning fee.
Mansfield, who is touting that she is an independent, said not having the support of a political party is making it harder to raise cash. She reported having raised $141 as of her last report. That's far behind District 3 Democratic incumbent Kevin Hill's $9,935 and Republican challenger Heather Losurdo's $12,749.