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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Art Pope: the Biggest Douchebag You’ve Never Heard Of

Art Pope is sort of a one-man Koch Brothers.  He’s been using his inherited wealth to single-handedly take North Carolina from the 21st century back to the early 1800s.

Here’s some more information on Art Pope.

I’ve done several posts about North Carolina’s lurch to the Far Right, but I hadn’t realized the whole process was being financed by one person.  As Bill Maher said:  “North Carolina is going apeshit in a way no state ever has.  Take every crazy angry idea your drunk right-wing uncle mumbles at Thanksgiving, turn it into a law, and that’s North Carolina today.”

In an interview with the Raleigh News & Observer, Bill Maher talked about North Carolina’s backward mutation as an example of the devastating impact of Citizens United:

“It certainly had a huge impact the last election when you saw the kind of money spent — just by me!  But Obama won, so the people who were supposed to steal the election didn’t because the Democrats scared up enough of their own PAC money to scrape by.  But not at the local level, like in North Carolina. Look at Art Pope, one man was basically able to take over the entire state. And the sad thing is it wasn’t even all that expensive. It should have cost more than it did.”

Maher’s description of Art Pope:

“He’s super-rich, super-anti-union, anti-tax, anti-big government, thinks government should have absolutely no role in helping the less fortunate, who should earn their money the same way he did — by inheriting it from their dad.”

North Carolina’s legislature has been controlled by Republicans for awhile, but until this year the state had a Democratic governor who kept vetoing the nonstop tide of Tea Klux Klan legislation.  Now that North Carolina has a Republican governor — Patrick McCrory — well, as Bill Maher said, the state “is going apeshit in a way no state ever has.”

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Blogger jim marquis said...

We need a liberal billionaire to help our side in North Carolina. Until Citizens United is overturned, I'm afraid this is the way the game has to be played.

August 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberal Billionaire, isn't that a contradiction in terms?

With Stewart Mott dead, is there anybody other then George Soros (who I don't trust) or Oprah Winfrey?


August 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

It's a no win situation in NC. They've defunded education to the point it's back to segregation in some of the schools.

August 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nothing like rich people bashing other rich people.

August 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

That's a shame. It seemed like there was some progress being made in that state in recent years, but now this.

August 12, 2013 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jim: I'm not counting on Citizens United being overturned. We need more liberal billionaires and/or smarter voters.

Erik: George Soros' billions are sure helpful, whether we trust him or not. Same with Oprah and all those Hollywood celebrities that the Right hates so much. We need the money :)

Demeur: I think defunding education is how they were able to con so many voters into electing all those teajobs.

Snave: I've never seen a state careen backwards the way NC has been doing. It's definitely a shame.

August 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM  

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