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Art Pope’s big, happy conservative family

Dallas Woodhouse2You may have trouble enduring all 50 minutes and 40 seconds, but today’s weird valedictory farewell by departing Americans for Prosperity director Dallas Woodhouse at the Locke Foundation’s “Shaftsbury Society” luncheon provides an interesting and, at times, surprisingly unfiltered window into just how closely coordinated the right-wing world of charitable 501 (c)(3)’s, (c)(4)’s and various explicitly partisan political and candidate-specific organizations really is. (Woodhouse is leaving AFP to become a campaign/political consultant).

Woodhouse addresses the matter (explicitly and implicitly) several times during the talk — most notably about a quarter of the way in when he explains that  conservative “accomplishments” of late in North Carolina are the result of “the efforts of our candidates, with the effort of our network here through the Locke Foundation, Civitas, the Pope Center for Higher Education, the Center for Constitutional Law, and Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Prosperity Foundation…” and then goes on to thank Art Pope for making it all possible.

To help complete the big, warm and fuzzy picture, the first question at the conclusion of the talk is posed by Woodhouse’s former colleague Jeff Mixon, now of the Governor’s office.

In short, those who watch this video will get a quick, powerful and sobering lesson about who it is that’s driving the policy and political agendas in North Carolina right now (and how, in their troubled worldview, they’re just getting started).

3 Comments


  1. James Protzman

    August 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    You sure know how to turn a guy’s stomach.

  2. Emma

    August 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I’m not sure which is more annoying, the phony gravitas or the dogged refusal to let facts get in the way of “the free-market agenda”. Oh well, grifters gotta grift.

  3. Jack

    August 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013 will become a benchmark by which NC can judge its progress. As you know Wednesday will be the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Fifty years ago voting rights was a national issue and 50 years later voting rights remains a national issue.

    As we’ve seen, when public policy is created for the soul purpose of driving a free market agenda it requires the implimentation of public policy for the suppression of voting rights as well as the suppression of a quality public education and the suppression of rights in general. It is evident that here will be more to suppression to come.

    When efforts to speak out against such suppression, brought on by the free market agenda policies, the efforts are held in contempt and denounced as the actions of “spoiled brats” rather than the expressed concerns of the good citizens of NC. In other words, the open and public mocking and efforts to suppress free speech has begun.

    Mocking is the fundamental tool of a bully. The bullies have gathered and are tearing away at the progress of the past 50 years.

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