C’mon Art

Here’s a headline for you from the Triangle Business Journal.

Art Pope: I am not a controversial figure

Let’s see, you have given more than $40 million to right-wing groups and conservative politicians in North Carolina in the last ten years, you literally helped draw the redistricting maps that increased the Republican legislative majorities, you were one of three national board members of the tea party group Americans for Prosperity, you sit on the board of groups that run attack ads against political candidates you disagree with…and that’s just for starters.

No matter what people think of you, almost everyone has to agree that you are at the very least a controversial figure.

Give me a break.



  1. Frank Burns

    January 14, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Art Pope is controversial only to the leftwing advocacy groups. To the public, he has a great reputation as a successful businessman and committed public servant. Most people don’t begrudge success.

  2. Dave Connelly

    January 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Dear Art, Irony much?

  3. HunterC

    January 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Inheriting wealth does not equal being a successful businessman.

  4. jlp75

    January 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    If Art Pope were in fact as beloved as you say he is Frank he would be elected by the people to public office. He tried to run for Lt. Governor after a short stint in the legislature and failed, so I guess there goes the theory of him being the people’s hero. If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of dollars of Daddy’s money buying the government and get your puppet Governor to give you a job. That doesn’t sound like Democracy to me. If Art Pope wants to rule over NC, he should run for office and get elected.

    I was one who always thought Marc Basnight had too much power in this state, but at least he was elected by his constituents. Art Pope takes pay to play to an entirely new level in Raleigh.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    January 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I know the left never admits any wrong. However,there are many, many people in NC who believe that Progressive Pulse and Democracy North Carolina with malice and forethought violate their nonprofit status every day. Attacvks are made to raise money. Why did Progressive Pulse not examine some Democrat Senators campaign reports? Why the focus on Art Pope? Would you believe there are some very wealthy Democrats whoes butts are drawn up because of the attack on Pope? You are so dishonest.

  6. jlp75

    January 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    You are correct Frances, there are a lot of idiots in NC. I’m sure you know them well. When you start complaining about http://www.johnlocke.org and http://www.nccivitas.org, perhaps we’ll take you seriously. Until then we will just right you off as the idiot partisan hack that you are.

  7. James Protzman

    January 14, 2013 at 7:04 pm


  8. Kirt Landry

    January 14, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    There is nothing Pope could do that Fitzsimmons will like. So, he need not consider the opinions of Fitzsimmons or any of those that refuse to accept that there is a possibility that he could do something right.

  9. Frances Jenkins

    January 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Democrat left wing fringe

  10. P Diddy

    January 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    So basically your saying if its not my way its wrong. The Democrats have a policy of tolerance, only if your a voting Democrat otherwise your wrong , bad, evil,ignorant, stupid……..

  11. david esmay

    January 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Frances considers left wing fringe to be any view from the center to a point slightly left of John Birch.

  12. Mark

    January 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Wow, let’s see. John Edwards should be in jail for campaign finance violations, Easley the same, Bev Perdue still too early to tell but she should be in jail. Jim Black did go to jail for bribery. Yet, Art Pope is controversial because he gave money he EARNED to causes he believes in. Maybe being progressive or liberal is a form of mental disorder.

  13. Troy

    January 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    As long as the minions keep fighting amongst ourselves and acting as if the person we voted for is right and the other is wrong then the politicians win and the Country, or State in this case, lose. Hold your own representative accountable and take no excuse. The “I am trying but the other side will not let me” is BS. All this bickering between sides on any site and in person are just falling for the game being played on them. As long as you think the other side is evil then you lose. The greatest trick that the Devil, if you believe in those things, played on mankind was convincing mankind he didn’t exist. In the same realm of that thought the greatest trick that politician play on their constituents is convincing them that they are DIFFERENT! They are not. They use issues to divide and conquer and as long as the pawns are arguing amongst themselves they do not see the fleecing that the politicians orchestrate upon them. Your leaders will not grow up and why should they as you do not make them. Their allowance comes in every day as you work your fingers to the bone and argue in their favor and for what? Not much.

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