It's being called "Art Pope Exposed, a community teach-in," and scheduled for Tuesday night in downtown Raleigh.
The event is sponsored by the Institute for Southern Studies and includes a panel with representatives from Democracy North Carolina and the N.C. AFL-CIO.
"Want to know what all the Art Pope buzz is about?" a press release asks. "Curious to know more about his political network and its influence on everything from cuts to North Carolina schools to the state's anti-gay marriage amendment?"
Pope is a wealthy Raleigh retailer who has helped bankroll conservative causes and candidates throughout the state to the tune of $40 million according to one study. In October, the New Yorker ran a lengthy profile of him headlined, "State for Sale."
The story brought national attention on Pope, who had already become a sort of public enemy to liberal groups throughout the state. He's become a target of Occupy groups, who wave signs bearing slogans like "Say Nope to Art Pope." The North Carolina Association of Educators has called on shoppers to boycott stores in his Variety Wholesalers retail chain.
Pope knows about Tuesday's teach-in. "I haven't been invited but maybe I'll go, I don't know," he says.
"First of all, I would point out that these are 501(c)3 organizations funded by the Reynolds Foundation and George Soros' Open Society Institute, which are attacking me because I support Republican candidates and conservative causes. And that is not proper use of charitable dollars, which are supposed to be used for educational purposes."
He also said the groups didn't attack two men implicated in campaign finance violations because they're Democrats.
But Democracy North Carolina, through its own investigations into campaign finance violations, helped build cases against several Democrats. Among them: former House Speaker Jim Black of Matthews, who went on to serve time in federal prison.
"We've gone after many Democrats," said Bob Hall of Democracy North Carolina. "He shouldn't feel so picked upon."
--Staff writer Jim Morrill