Like its Republican counterpart, the DSCC takes every opportunity to put its opponents in a bad light. And it's true that Tillis, Harris, Brannon and Grant -- the announced GOP Senate candidates -- have said they supported efforts that led to a shutdown. And most if not all opposed this month's compromise that ended it.
But $340 million? According to John Mousseau of Moody's Analytics, the real figure is $95 million.
Why the discrepancy?
According to DSCC spokesman Matt Canter, the larger figure was based on national information provided by Moody's, based on figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and used by Pew researchers and published by outlets such as USA Today.
But when I called Moody's, Mousseau said the shutdown cost North Carolina $95 million. Still a lot of money, certainly, but not $340 million. Apparently that state information wasn't available to the DSCC at the time it sent its release, which was reported on at least one N.C. media site.
The DSCC used the best information it had at the time.
"What both numbers show is that the GOP shutdown caused unnecessary damage to North Carolina's economy and should never have happened," Canter said.