Civitas turns up the heat again on Moral Mondays

The Institute for Southern Studies is reporting that Civitas has added salary information from publicly employed individuals to their "database" of Moral Monday protestors.

Civitas announced the expansion to include public worker salaries in the newsletter it sent out this week.

"As more people have gotten arrested at the protests," Civitas said, "we've continued our analysis of what they are up to -- including the salaries of those protesters on the public payroll."

In a promotion for the database on the front page of its website, the group refers to "Tax Payer Funded Protesters."

They also make the connection to similar intimidation tactics that were recently used in Koch controlled Wisconsin that might give you a clue on how the state legislature and the McCrory administration might want to use this data in the future:

Meanwhile, a private effort to compile public data about citizens protesting their state government is at the center of a political uproar in another state.

Following the 2011 effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), the tea party groups We the People of the Republic and Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty launched a searchable website called Verify the Recall with help from True the Vote, a tea party group based in Houston that focuses on voter fraud. That website collects information about Wisconsinites who signed the recall petition and encourages visitors to "investigate your own 'corner of the world!'"

Controversy erupted earlier this month when Walker suspended his nomination of a University of Wisconsin student to serve on the school's Board of Regents after a database search revealed that the student had signed the recall petition.

Could the McCrory administration pressure the UNC system on promotions or appointments of faculty based on the "database"? Pope's foundations give to public and private universities in NC - will we see "behind the scenes" pressure on faculty who have universities or departments getting chunks of that money?

This whole thing is looking more and more like the Civitas version of "Red Channels".

Welcome to the McCarthy Era, Tarheel style.


How very ironic

A group of (supposedly) intelligent Libertarians, acting as an "arm" of the state to suppress dissent.

Lavrentiy Beria would be impressed.

I reported this in a comment a couple days ago...

...and upon reflecting on this since then, I'm concluding that Uncivil Civitas realized that their attempted derision and intimidation wasn't working, so they tried to kick it up a notch, and that didn't work either (the problem with publicly available information is that it was publicly available long before Uncivil Civitas attempted to usurp it).

Fran and Art (abbreviated "Fart") appear to be grasping at straws. Their playground tactics are seen as exactly that while thousands of people come to Raleigh every Monday and clearly point out that Fart is very, very malodorous.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Home addresses...

...and other info such as tax listings of the legislators who voted in favor of cutting unemployment benefits should be publicly posted.

Most of that should be public information...

...that would just require compiling and posting it.

Sounds like a job for Turn NC Blue! Michael?

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

I was digging around

at the NCGA website a while back and noted that many of our legislators are less than forthcoming with their own information.

While some do share their home addresses and employer/occupation details, many list only PO boxes and such nondescript labels as business owner (what business?), consultant (who is consulting you and why?), or my personal favorite, legislator, as their occupation. I thought being a legislator wasn't supposed to be an occupation in this state. That's the answer you get if you ask why the base salary is so low.

I'd love to see a database of this kind of information made public, at least as far as what these people do and what their business/industry connections are. I'm sure the GA is chock full of conflicts of interest. If anyone decides to pursue this I'd be willing to help gather the info.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

It is public...

I just found out my Representative paid taxes on a 2007 Porsche Carrera 911, a 2006 Volvo XC90, a 2003 Ford F150 and is late on his taxes for a 2013 Ford, and a 2006 Land Rover....

Well, That Explains...

...your representative's empathy for the less fortunate.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

There are plenty of other sources

Voter information, which includes one's home address, is public information. You can look it up here, but you have to know who you're looking for and where.

For example, suppose you want John Blust of Guilford County, put that information in and bingo, there's his home address, gender, race, party and voting record (apparently it doesn't allow one to link directly to the URL from an external site, I tried to link from here but it didn't work). But you get the idea...and you can even download the voter databases, which have additional information in them. But of course it's a manual process that often requires some additional information to narrow down to what you actually want.

Public employees' salaries are public information and if they're not easily accessible online, a public records request should do the trick.

In other words, resources exist such that someone with the motivation and time could compile a database such as you describe -- pretty much like Fart and the Uncivil Civitas folks did.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

I've just posted....

....the descriptions of the vehicles and the addresses of the property of some of what my Representative pays taxes on...right here.

I found it all easily in my county's tax website.

I urge you all to research and do the same. It won't be too hard to get a database together if everyone will just look up their own rep and then maybe someone will collect this information...