The Institute for Southern Studies is reporting that Civitas has added salary information from publicly employed individuals to their "database" of Moral Monday protestors.
Civitas announced the expansion to include public worker salaries in the newsletter it sent out this week.
"As more people have gotten arrested at the protests," Civitas said, "we've continued our analysis of what they are up to -- including the salaries of those protesters on the public payroll."
In a promotion for the database on the front page of its website, the group refers to "Tax Payer Funded Protesters."
They also make the connection to similar intimidation tactics that were recently used in Koch controlled Wisconsin that might give you a clue on how the state legislature and the McCrory administration might want to use this data in the future:
Meanwhile, a private effort to compile public data about citizens protesting their state government is at the center of a political uproar in another state.
Following the 2011 effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), the tea party groups We the People of the Republic and Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty launched a searchable website called Verify the Recall with help from True the Vote, a tea party group based in Houston that focuses on voter fraud. That website collects information about Wisconsinites who signed the recall petition and encourages visitors to "investigate your own 'corner of the world!'"
Controversy erupted earlier this month when Walker suspended his nomination of a University of Wisconsin student to serve on the school's Board of Regents after a database search revealed that the student had signed the recall petition.
Could the McCrory administration pressure the UNC system on promotions or appointments of faculty based on the "database"? Pope's foundations give to public and private universities in NC - will we see "behind the scenes" pressure on faculty who have universities or departments getting chunks of that money?
This whole thing is looking more and more like the Civitas version of "Red Channels".
Welcome to the McCarthy Era, Tarheel style.