Trying to sweep away the money trail:
I and my company have never given money to super PACs, and none of the organizations I worked with in 2010 did any election campaigning under Citizens United.
It was the voters, not Citizens United, who changed the face of North Carolina government. No matter how many times the progressive left repeats its lies about North Carolina, it is not going to change the truth.
Like many of his faux-Libertarian "experts" who write about various issues, Pope uses a small truth to conceal a much greater lie. By adding that "under Citizens United" qualification at the end of the sentence, he hopes to convince readers that this never happened:
But Snow was blindsided by a flurry of blistering attack ads and mailers that began popping up across the district, all coming from two little-known groups: Real Jobs NC and Civitas Action. By Election Day, the two organizations had unleashed more than $267,000 worth of media benefiting Snow's Republican opponent, according to state campaign finance records.
Snow couldn't keep up. And in the end, the flood of outside money may well have tipped the race: Snow ended up losing by just 161 votes.
Snow wasn't the only one. In 2010, three outside operations—Civitas Action, Real Jobs NC and Americans for Prosperity—spent $2 million attacking Democrats in some two dozen state legislative races.
The groups all had at least two things in common: Each was generously backed by Raleigh retail millionaire and Republican benefactor Art Pope.
And second, they were enormously successful: Of the 22 races in which the Pope-backed groups focused the bulk of their money, Republicans triumphed in 18—a remarkable 82 percent win rate.
Note to the N&O: Pope has been allowed to publish numerous editorials over the years, many of them stretching far past the paper's standard word-count limit. He always pushes the envelope on accuracy, but this one is a blatant attempt to deceive your readers. It needs to be answered, quickly and thoroughly, or you need to stop letting him turn your pages yellow.