There does seem to be a direct connection between Pope, ALEC, and Rep. Tim Moffitt:
Moffitt played coy in a July 22, 2112 Asheville Citizen-Times article in reference to an offensive ad paid for by Raleigh millionaire Art Pope against Jane Whilden in 2010. He said he only met Pope once and “did not ask for his help.” That didn’t stop Moffitt from taking $16,000 in direct Pope campaign contributions, a fact that should have been reported.
Already this year, a Pope-related PAC has spent $47,616.25 on Moffitt’s reelection campaign.(Checked July 2012).
Moffitt is also affiliated with ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a very controversial group backed by corporate interests that writes model legislation for state lawmakers. Sourcewatch lists Moffitt as a member of ALEC’s International Relations Task Force and as an alternate on their Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force. He also attended ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting, along with the four other members of his water/sewage Study Committee. Google this group, and you can read all about them, for instance “The Big Money Behind State Laws,” New York Times, 2-13-12.
You can expect to see many more of these efforts to privatize water resources in the days to come, especially if the frackers decide to set up operations in our state.
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