While Rome burns, DAG McCrory continues to sell out

Wallowing in an orgy of cash:

It costs $10,000 to attend the entire two-day event and benefits the Renew North Carolina Foundation, an entity created by key allies to the governor formerly known as the Foundation for North Carolina, which hosted its own inaugural ball. About 100 to 150 people are expected to attend, organizers said. The minimum membership level (Cabinet Membership) to join the organization is $25,000. The cost includes two tickets to the the Greensboro event and all futures RNCF events as part of a year-long membership. The top tier members (Capitol Membership) pay $50,000 to join for a year and get additional perks.

"Cabinet" membership? Not even trying to keep up any pretense of what their dollars will buy, unless greens fees have gone up considerably in the last few years:

Jack Hawke, a foundation leader who managed McCrory's 2012 campaign, said most donors gave six months ago when they joined the organization and it's not aimed at "having people who are lobbying the legislature for particular causes."

"It's a discussion on major issues facing the state and a round of golf, that's about it," he said.

Speaking of the activities of dubious non-profits:

The corporation has yet to be created, but top state officials will be closely linked to the entity. An oversight committee comprised of Cabinet officials and appointees of legislative leaders will ensure the corporation, which would enter into a contract with the Department of Commerce, is carrying out its goals and being audited.

A private15-member corporation governing board appointed by the governor and legislative leaders from various business fields would hire the board's top executive. The McCrory administration envisions outside companies or investors giving to the partnership to further its work. The state would still make final decisions on awarding economic incentives using public funds, as it currently does for projects.

"We need our ... economic development activities to move at the speed of business, not the speed of government," Murry said.

Translated: "Jumping through all the hoops to make sure taxpayer's money is not misused is a pain in the ass, and it gets in the way of lucrative deals and juicy kickbacks."

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Disgaceful

Our government is run by the rich that can plop down $25,000 to $50,000 for the Renew North Carolina Foundation, yet they won't let 70,000 unemployed draw Federal funds, that The state government does not have to pay, and they cut over $200 for the unemployed drawing benefits from the state for fewer weeks.
How can these people call themselves Christians!

McCrory,Pope and Wos have an affinity to repress the poor.Thank goodness Representative Price confirmed the contingency funds were sent to the DHHS from the USDA and should carry through to the end of October.
These so-called leaders reached a new lo

Disgraceful Indeed

And in the same vein, don't forget that they also threw half a million people under the bus by denying them Medicaid that was already paid for by our federal tax dollars (which now are paying for healthcare for people in New Jersey and Florida, which is, of course, not all bad but doesn't help the half million North Carolinians thrown under the bus).

And this is apparently DAG McCrony's "crowning achievement" thus far. The Christian elected officials need to re-read Matthew 25:40.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

And That's Why They Call Him

PAY TO PLAY PAT!

DAG McCrony: the governor with no say or sway, but he sure knows how to pay to play!

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Wonder if anyone is planning to protest

Protesting or picketing this event would probably result in quicker arrest than refusal to vacate the People's House when ordered.

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"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

Or at least get pictures...

... from a safe distance in a public area to document who's throwing money at this thing.

Oh My!

Really, I didn't see your response when I posted my comment. Great minds think alike (apparently, so do ours ;-)

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Another Alternative...

...would be to stand in the public right-of-way and snap photos of all the people who arrive for the event.

Then you could compile and publish a "database" that includes public information about them such as their address, party affiliation, voting record and so on.

You could even have an online game in which, say, you try to guess which protester is a rich white male (YOU WIN!). But that would be childish.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

More interesting than that ...

... would be a database that compiles a database of who they are, their city, the business or church they're associated with, and any legislation currently in committee, state contracts up for bid or negotiation, or policy decisions that look like they would impact their business or church in the next few months.

And, of course, connections any might have with Pope, Civitas, or groups like Americans for Prosperity.

Of course, we'd only be reporting the data and letting the voters decide just what it all might mean.

Such Enlightening Information...

...would surely be highly valued by the people of NC.

You could even compile statistics and publish, say, "Plutocrat Facts and Figures" and "Anatomy of a Fatcat".

Now we just need a title...maybe "Who Pays to Play with Pat?" [to navigate slides, use ONLY the right arrow key on your keyboard]

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Fat cat

Kind of reminds me of one of those weird couch cushions that you're always having to mess with to get comfortable.

Pay to Play Pat...

...can't spend 2 minutes with kids who have wagons full of petitions. But he can spend 2 days with fatcats who have wagons full of cash.

Arrogance, power plays, cashing in and exploiting the governor's office for personal gain haven't worked out too well for many NC politicians. Let's see what the people think of Pay to Play Pat's latest gambit. He might have to retreat after this retreat.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014