First there was The New Yorker magazine article “State for Sale.”
Now there is the website: “ArtPopeExposed.com.
The Institute for Southern Studies, a liberal media and research group based in Durham, has started what it calls “investigative website” to track the influence of Pope, the Raleigh businessman who has contributed millions to conservative and Republican causes.
“There are a handful of big political donors, but no one person in North Carolina has Pope's level of influence,” said Chris Kromm, the Institute's executive director who has authored a series of critical reports about Pope. “Yet because he works largely behind the scenes, many don't know how big of a role he plays in the state and nationally.”
Pope has never gotten so much national attention as he has this week, mainly as a result of The New Yorker article. He was featured prominently on The Huffington Post, the liberal Internet newspaper and on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.