Like a pit bull, only stupider:
RALEIGH – Following a public records request, the Civitas Institute has published a new report that it says has revealed that the UNC Poverty Center used public resources to host a closed event which was political in nature and appears to have been blatantly partisan, in violation of the state laws on open government. A press release from Civitas goes on to say that “further review of the Poverty Center will likely show that North Carolina taxpayers have been subsidizing political organizing and activism, not higher education.
Tell you what, Francis: I might be willing to concede some of your points, if you and your colleagues had not been completely silent on the worst open government failure of the decade:
"Among those expected to attend, according to organizers: State Budget Director Art Pope, economic adviser Tony Almeida, Department of Revenue Chief Operating Officer Jeff Epstein and Assistant Secretary of Employment Security Dale Folwell."
The fact that these donors get access while remaining anonymous is a blatant attempt to dodge North Carolina's lobbying laws, and should be investigated vigorously, and not just by media outlets. Either the Ethics Commission or the State Auditor, if not the Department of Justice itself. The longer this group operates in the shadows, the more our government is suborned in ways we cannot fathom.
And just to say it, for the President of JW Pope Civitas to accuse somebody else of "blatantly partisan behavior" is such a perfect example of "pot-calling-the-kettle-black" that we may need to change that age-old adage to "Pope-puppet-calling-the-progressive-partisan", or something along those lines.