Pope calls himself a libertarian, but he's definitely at odds with the Libertarian Party on at least one issue, and that's gay marriage. Pope's foundation has given nearly one million dollars to leading anti-gay marriage groups including the NC Family Policy Council, which since 1999 has been one of the leading groups behind the anti-gay marriage amendment, which is now before us, and is going to be voted on in the May primaries.
I sometimes get the sense that people feel that big money in politics is a problem, but they never see it as the most pressing problem before them, and so that fight ends up on the back burner. The problem is, many of the problems on the front burner arrived there because of this "back burner" issue. As a member of the LGBT community, I would like to see a broader realization that money in politics is our fight too. But that doesn't go for just us. Whether civil rights, women's rights, LGBT equality, the environment, good government, social justice, war, or whatever your front burner problem is, you've got to follow the money if you ever want to really address it.
This is going to be especially true when 2012 arrives. Elections have the urgency of now in a way that underlying root cause problems simply don't. Most of my Blue NC diaries seem to end with "an ask" of some sort. Usually it is to click a link, or sign a petition, or volunteer, or attend a rally, but this time it's a little different than my normal.
All of us Blue NC regulars are going to be engaged in countless political conversations in person, at events, in meetings, on facebook & twitter, with friends & family, and so forth throughout the year. It will be unavoidable being in a swing state that is holding a national convention. My ask is that you do not let the conversation be solely about the urgency of now. Take a moment to ask the question, aloud, about how money in politics connects to this issue at hand, no matter what that issue may be. Even if you don't know the answer. Don't let that part of the conversation get lost or skipped over.
Oh yeah, also you can click this link, and sign a petition.