Pope groups turning to intimidation tactics?

Sue Sturgis over at the Institute for Southern Studies has a new story out about the Pope-Civitas Institute’s latest intimidation tactic toward legislative protesters.

“The John W. Pope Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank based in Raleigh, N.C., has launched a database targeting people who’ve been arrested as part of the Moral Monday nonviolent protests at the state legislature.

The Civitas Institute was founded by conservative mega-donor and discount-retail mogul Art Pope, now the North Carolina budget director under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, and it was named for Pope’s father. The nonprofit gets about 94 percent of its funding from the family foundation Pope chairs. That raises questions about the ethics of a public official who’s been a target of the protests being involved in an apparent effort to target the protesters for harassment — or worse.”

No word yet on whether the effort is being coordinated with the group’s chief funder (i.e. the state budget ), legislative leaders or other far right groups, but as Sturgis reports, the tactic is reminiscent of the one’s used by the reactionary opponents of the Civil Rights movement, so nothing would come as a surprise.

Read the entire story by clicking here.



  1. Doug

    June 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

    So publishing a database of public records is now intimidation. Better get to protesting the government taking these records and making them public! Funny that the liberals did not get up in arms, and actually promoted, the publishing of gun holder records up in what was it NY or NJ. Once again the hypocrisy of liberalism rears it’s ugly head.

  2. Doug

    June 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    And last sentence….that is rich as the liberal democrat party (you know, the party of the KKK) was the one that fought tooth and nail against civil rights….until they found that government was the best way to enslave those people receiving their new found civil rights.

  3. david esmay

    June 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    D-boo-boo, you’re ignoring history and the results of the Republican Southern Strategy. The Republicans of today are the same Democrats of the 19th century and Southern Dems of the early and mid 20th century. Your batting average sucks, never seen anyone whiff so many softballs, but hey, what do expect from a conservative.

  4. Margaret

    June 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Civitas should be ashamed of themselves for trying to intimidate protesters in this way. These people are exercising their constitutional right to “instruct their legislative representatives and redress their grievances,” and it’s truly a shame they have to be arrested to do so.

    By the way, the database reveals those arrested reflect a cross-section of North Carolina citizens and refutes the governor’s baseless charge that they’re “outside agitators.”

  5. Doug

    June 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    It reflects a cross section if you are making the assumption that 80% of the state is democrat (not likely, otherwise there would not be so many R’s in the NCGA)…..~80% white, which is not what I see when driving around the state…..~30% 55-64 years old,. again not what you see out in the real world.

    All it reflects is that the average protester is an out of work or retired hippie from the triangle trying to re-live the “glory days” of the 60’s by thinking they are going to make a difference in these protests. I guess if it keeps them occupied…that’s something…but Whole Foods is missing a lot of customers on those days.

  6. Tuck

    June 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Retired hippies? Doug, you’re bad at math- and history. I’m 54. “Retired Hippies” are my parents’ age- now approaching 80. My generation? We were the punk rockers. Get it right.

  7. Charlie

    June 20, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    David and Margaret, You’re wasting your time with Doug. He’s drunk the kool aid, or maybe he’s just drunk. It’s obvious that this Pope organization is out to intimidate those trying to bring N.C. back into the 21st century from whence it seems to have slipped badly in the last couple of years. Of course, the state I live in, TX, and the state I was born in, never seem to have gotten to the 21st century if you listen to their Governors and Representatives. Love Doug’s view of his real world. His world is still in the 18th century, where woman and blacks are no more than chattel and old, white, rich men control everything.

  8. NoGOPinNC

    June 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I believe Mr. hood should just be glad this site doesn’t practice the kind of censorship Art Pope’s paid minions do on civitas ….oh wait isn’t he the head of the paid minions? They would never allow a liberal version of Doug to state his opinion. Thanks Adam for having actual ethics and standards -the people of NC know which sites are Pope propaganda and the LIES yes lies they publish are only for the minority revisionists like Doug…..and since the group in Raleigh only owes their power to subverting democracy by gerrymandering I would say the will of the people is gone…long live the king.

  9. Frances Jenkins

    June 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Rob is a cry baby.

  10. Doug

    June 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I am guessing they have to censor because they do not want the cesspool of name calling and random insults you guys like to pass out here when someone with a logical comment comes around that may be contrary to your view. Me, I am a glutton for punishment…..and I actually ignore at least 70% of what the commentators like to write back so I can take it….it is easier when you know you are right….and enjoy watching liberals act like children.

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    June 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

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  12. Doug

    June 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I was actually referring to Civitas more so than here. But from the name calling I get, you guys may want to exercise your rights a bit more, it gets pretty off topic and nasty toward those of us not in line with your beliefs.

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