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The Insider is reporting this morning that Civitas Action, the explicitly political arm of the Pope Civitas Institute, has raised $264,889 for electoral activities according to filings with the State Board of Elections.

The group has already sent out mailers in the districts of House Speaker Joe Hackney and Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight criticizing the legislative leaders and plans more mailers in coming weeks.

You can guess where the money came from, $190,000 from Variety Wholesalers–that’s Art Pope’s company, and the rest from Americans for Prosperity, where Pope is a director and major donor. 

The Insider points out that Pope is also a  major donor to the Civitas Institute itself, which is a bit of an understatement. The group’s 2009 tax return reports $1.635 million in income for the year, with $1.620 million in contributions from the Pope Foundation.  

Pope is also a major donor and board member of Real Jobs NC, a 527 group running misleading ads against Democrats, including one criticizing them for voting for a $25 million fishing pier that every Republican also supported.

The Insider quotes Civitas Executive Director Francis De Luca saying that he didn’t think the election activities of Civitas Action would hurt the credibility of the Civitas Institute. 

That’s true. It simply confirms what we already knew.

5 Comments


  1. Alex Morris

    October 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Art Pope is an outstanding American !

  2. US kennels

    October 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Art Pope is an outstanding American !

  3. Jimbo

    October 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

    OK, so it is so horrible for the man to support what he believes in, yet it is perfectly fine for Mr. Hackney and Mr. Basnight to take truckloads of cash from the trial lawyers and have fundraisers with Mr. Goodnight at SAS. It is also OK for them to spread cancer causing carcinogens across farm land, sometimes their own land, because it is the cheaper way to go, all while having internal protections from Bev. Why not look into these other things? I don’t know. Oh wait, I do, because they are democrats.

    How do you spell hypocrite?
    P R O G R E S S I V E.

    That confirms what I already knew.

  4. Bud

    October 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    lets see, art pope and his ilk want to cut government services to the bone– stop all spending that provides for the safety net of our citizens in need. But wait, Art and his ol man— made a fortune locating their cheap tacky dollar stores in the very areas where people in need live.

    how do you spell hypocrite

    ART POPE

  5. Jimbo

    October 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I encourage you to look up the definition of hypocrite. It would help your argument.

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