1965 VRA

Dark money, dark forces

On Monday a three judge panel convened here in the Triad to decide whether the new gerrymandered redistricting maps drawn by Art Pope are legal under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The Republican State Leadership Committee pumped tens of millions of dollars into the RSLC's Redistricting Map Project (REDMAP), with great success. The agressive gerrymandering project allowed the GOP to control the House, while garnering fewer overall votes.

This should be of particular interest to those of us who reside in NC, where millions of dollars in GOP dark money, money funneled from shady non-profits set up by people like Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson, and the Koch brothers, tobacco giants Altria,Reynolds and into the grubby little hands of Art Pope and his Real Jobs NC.

http://www.propublica.org/article/how-dark-money-helped-republicans-hold...

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