NEW: Cal Cunningham Defunded The Police As State Senator

September 22nd, 2020

Slashed The Department Of Crime Control And Public Safety’s Budget By 22% During Tenure In Office

While Cal Cunningham spends tonight trying to distance himself from his radical liberal party’s push to defund the police, North Carolinians should be reminded that Cunningham has already voted to do so.

As Senator Tillis exposed during tonight’s debate, Cunningham voted to slash the Department of Crime Control and Public Saftey’s budget by 22% during his tenure in office. 

  • For the last budgeted fiscal year before Cunningham entered the state senate, which was 2000-2001, the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety received $35,699,844 in appropriations.(North Carolina House Bill 168, P.2, 1999; North Carolina House Bill 1840, P.3, 2000)
  • The 2002 modified budget, which was the last budget approved while Cunningham was in the state senate and one that he supported, left the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety with $27,780,188 in appropriations for fiscal year 2002-2003. (North Carolina Senate Bill 1005, P.3, 2001; North Carolina Senate Bill 1115, P.3, 2002)
  • This $7,919,656 reduction amounts to a 22.18% cut in appropriations from the original 2000 modified budget. 

North Carolinians should not be fooled when Cal Cunningham tries to claim he won’t defund the police if elected to the Senate. He already has and he will do so again.