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."