Art Pope

Coca-Cola, Duke Energy, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Sponsoring Violent Hate Speech

Facing South has the news that the Civitas Institute is holding the Art Pope backed Conservative Leadership Conference in mid-June in Raleigh.

Docs reveal dark money plot to consolidate conservative power in NC

Reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Center for Media and Democracy have been analyzing 30 gigabytes of documents hacked from the Koch network and the Bradley Foundation, showing their plans for consolidating conservative power in five states - Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Raw Story has a summary and links to the articles and other background. And, yes, Art Pope's involved. Read on ...

Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water

Art Pope is miffed. He threw his considerable wealth behind Little Marco, expecting to buy the election, as usual. But Donald Trump continues to rise, a toxic gift that keeps on giving. So what's Pope's plan? It looks like he plans to start a new civil war.

Art Pope in the news again. BlueNC, too.

Art Pope is in the news again, this time telling lies about me, BlueNC, and alleged threats he received. It all goes back to several years ago, when I mused that some people could get so frustrated with politics that they might resort to violence. Pope, who has friends in high places, took those musings personally and asked the Wake County District Attorney's office to check me out. The matter was dropped in minutes, as a complaint without merit.

The Puppetmaster has arrived

Now that Art Pope has made the New York Times Magazine, we can all say "I knew him way back when he just another retail slumlord dedicated to preserving his low-income customer base." Be sure to read the article, in which Pope is featured as one of the four most effective oligarchs when it comes to voter suppression. Congratulations, Mr. Pope. You've arrived.

They screwed with the wrong guy

IN the wake of the legislature's misguided shut-down of the Poverty Center at UNC, Gene Nichol has pushed back hard. Not only is his work alive and well, it is now more well-funded, more visible, and more protected from political interference than it has ever been. Plus, Gene isn't taking any crap from Art Pope's minions at the John Locke Foundation:

The GOP will go off the deep end in 2016 - Here's why

If you've paid attention to politics the past few years, you've seen the Koch brothers build up an unprecidented political organization through a network of shady political action committees and dark money - the Kochtapus.

A key player in the Koch effort has been North Carolina's own Art Pope, coordinating with the Koch brothers to place their hand-picked candidates in state and local offices, pushing an agenda to kill public education, remove environmental protections, turn over the functions of government to private companies, and gerrymander the legislature, Congress, the state Supreme Court and even local races to ensure they stay in power.

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