There's a story below that shows how one of Art Pope's Puppets protests the practice of economic development while he votes for hundreds of thousands in incentives as a Lee County Commissioner. While doing that research, I also came across this small notice on the John Locke Foundation website.
The John Locke Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, nonpartisan think tank supported entirely from voluntary, tax-deductible contributions. Since opening in 1990, JLF has worked hard to become the broadest-supported think tank in North Carolina.
The irony is hard to take. Could Art "Free Market" Pope really be funding his Puppetshow on the backs of North Carolina taxpayers . . . all the while helping corporations reduce their tax burdens so John Hood can live large in Art's pocket?
Included among JLF’s donors have been some of the state’s leading corporate citizens — such as GlaxoSmithKline, Duke Energy, First Citizens, Wachovia, Progress Energy, Coca-Cola Consolidated, R.J. Reynolds, Microsoft, Lowe’s, Centura Bank, BB&T, Weyerhaueser, Harris-Teeter, and Martin Marietta Materials — as well as major grantmakers such as the John William Pope Foundation and the E.A. Morris Foundation. JLF raises money through formal grant applications and proposals, meetings and receptions, and campaigns conducted through mailings, paid advertising, and online appeals.
So every time some big business or wingnut rich guy donates money to JLF, they're getting a tax break from a government that Mr. Pope would like to see crushed into oblivion?
I know, I know, Pope will respond just like Virginia Foxx does when she's accused of scamming for pork barrel funding in her district. Everybody else is doing it, why shouldn't he? The reason is simple. Everyone else doesn't dedicate their lives to eradicating the government policies they're exploiting.
PS I know you're getting sick of stories about Art Pope hypocrisy, and I'm getting sick of telling them. Sorry, but somebody's got to do it.