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Art Pope considers going to 'teach-in' exposing him

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


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Use caution in genuflecting to ‘the Pope.’

Use caution in genuflecting to ‘the Pope.’ He’s done extraordinarily generous and gracious things supporting conservative values and good government. But he is not always ethical and can default to might makes right if he deems it necessary for the preservation of his family name, his organizations or the way he thinks folks should do what he, and how he wants. He will compromise the very first principles his groups espouse and lobby for to get power and credit.

Campaign finance laws are written by.........the winners.

MM wrote: " Art Pope and the Kochs will ultimately lead to changes in the law banning all private donations to political campaigns and the public financing of elections."

How about Reichard?  Will he have anything to do with the change in campaign financing?  Seems like he is getting quite a bit of press too.

And why is everybody so down on inheritances?  I gotta tell you they are pretty nice.  Who do you think should get mom and dad's money?  The government? 

This is what happens when

This is what happens when people are allowed to own private property.

Extravagance Of A Different Color

Keith,

As you state, "These demonstrators could be out doing something constructive about their beliefs instead of blaming Art Pope. And if Art goes to the event, they should listen because he could teach them a lot."  I'll turn the tables on you.  Pope should be out doing something constructive about his beliefs instead of blaming demonstrators.  He (Pope) should listen because they (demonstrators) could teach him a lot.  While it's admirable to bestow philanthropy with "genuine" altruistic concern, attempting to cleaverly influence with the support of an inheritance and close minded friends isn't.

If you wish to blame the demonstrators for anything, you should start by thanking the likes of Art Pope.

Art Pope and the Kochs will lead to changes in election laws

Art Pope is waging class warfare against the 99%.   Art Pope and the Koch brothers represent the unacceptable faces of capitalism.  Art Pope and the Kochs will ultimately lead to changes in the law banning all private donations to political campaigns and the public financing of elections.  Hasten the day!

What a novel idea...

What a novel idea......putting your money where your mouth is.  It's Pope's money, isn't it.  Of course most liberals don't want to put their money where their mouth is, they want to put your taxpayer money where their mouth is. 

I guess soon spending your own money will be illegal. 

Pope should move aside so that those behind him can get by so that each according to his own can support causes that they do not support according to their needs.  Is that the way it goes?

 

P.S.  Will I get in trouble if I buy some Girl Scout cookies?  I think the Girl Scouts is a great organization and I support them with my money.  Is that ok?

Yes, it's a protest born of

ncpatriot: "This is really a protest born of class warfare and envy."

Yes, it's a protest born of Art Pope's class warfare against the rest of us who are not multi-millionaires with the disposable income to counteract his heavy funding of junk science and other right-wing causes.

The Power Behind Art Pope

This is really a protest born of class warfare and envy.  There recently was an excellent column by Walter E. Williams (11/30/2011) that explains how it will be the demonstrators who are at the root of Art Pope's ability to  exercise his First Amendment rights'. (Hint: His wealth came from many small decisions made by the protestors and their families over many years.)

I have known Art for 30 or more years, as political ally and as political opponent, but always with civility In both roles.  I agree with most of his causes and find a few with which I disagree or would welcome a different approach.

I much more admire his family's use of fairly earned wealth on being involved in the public arena and  improving our society than living  an extravagant and glamorous lifestyle that would be on the covers of grocery store tabloids.

These demonstrators could be out doing something constructive about their beliefs instead of blaming Art Pope. And if Art goes to the event, they should listen because he could teach them a lot.

The column:  http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/articles/11/EndingIncomeInequality

Keith Clark

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