"Art Pope" Bill Headed to Easley

OK, OK, so they didn't exactly call it the "Art Pope" bill, but I'm almost positive house members had him in mind when the new bill was pushed through on Wednesday. This comes from the Charlotte Observer/Associated Press.

Lawmakers took another strike against "527" groups in North Carolina, agreeing Wednesday to require the politically active organizations or individuals to reveal more information about how much money they give or spend.

A bill heading to Gov. Mike Easley would require groups or individuals that spend more than $10,000 in an election year on commercials, mailers or phone banks that identify a candidate to report their expenses to the State Board of Elections. Donors who contribute more than $1,000 also would be identified.

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I don't need to go into too much detail about Art Pope. Anglico has expertly covered Pope's power grab in posts you'll find listed under the tags Art Pope and Puppetmaster. His actions are currently under investigation by the State Board of Elections. Lawmakers certainly had him in mind.

"This bill is about honest(sic) and openness in government and disclosure," said House Speaker Pro Tempore Richard Morgan, R-Moore, before the House passed the new rules by a vote of 79-32. The Senate passed them last week.

Morgan and House Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, have criticized a "527" group funded by the company operated by Art Pope, a former state House member from Raleigh. The Republican Legislative Majority Committee spent more (than)$188,000 during the first half of the year, most of it used to highlight the voting records of Morgan and four other Republicans on taxes, redistricting and a power-sharing arrangement with Democrats.

Morgan and Rep. Rick Eddins, R-Wake, were defeated in the May primary.

Some Republicans were up in arms over the new requirements and one in particular, Rep. John Blust, R-Guilford, filed a formal complaint over the handling of the bill. So, why was John Blust so blustery over the new bill? Well, wouldn't you just know he's one of the Pope's puppets. As late as January 16, 2006, Blust served as contact person and custodian of Pope's 527, Republican Legislative Majority of North Carolina.

Gregflynn has done a great job of updating us on the efforts of our legislature to clean up their act on this thread.

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You'll find Pope listed under the tags Art Pope and Puppetmaster......because Son of Satan was taken. :)



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Morgan's remarks on the floor of the house

For those who haven't followed this attempted coup in North Carolina by the Puppetmaster Son of Satan, one moderate Republican who Pope went after in May was Richard Morgan. I don't know much about Morgan (and don't really want to), but I do know that he was a voice of compromise and bipartisanship. Which would of course be intolerable to the Puppetmaster.

Here's what Morgan had to say about the bill in question:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the House:

Every time I rise, I am mindful of how fortunate we are to be a part of this body of men and women – North Carolinians – who come to Raleigh to represent their fellow citizens. Ladies and gentlemen of the House, honesty is what House Bill 966 is about – it is not honest to duck and hide from the citizens of North Carolina.

Many hard-working citizens throughout our state and our nation have given up on our politics – they don’t even bother to vote. They no longer believe that people like you and me, working together, can help solve some of the problems they face. They don’t believe in us – as a body – because the don’t trust us to be honest. When millionaire CEOs pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into political campaigns and manipulates the outcome – all under the cover of darkness – hidden from public view – would you trust the beneficiary.

When the millionaires and the narrow special interest groups spend hundreds of thousands of dollars without having to disclose the source, it erodes public confidence in our political system.
House Bill 966 begins to address that problem. It doesn’t solve it. Millionaires can still pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into a campaign, but at least under this bill, the dark corporate curtains are opened – pulled back – allowing daylight to shine when they write the check. That’s a good first step, as modest as it is.

I love this House of Representatives. We have to protect it as an institution. Honesty. Without honesty, public confidence in our political system will continue to erode. If you’re for honesty and openness in politics, House Bill 966 is a start. A good start. I urge you to support the bill.

I personally think the bill is a joke and will do NOTHING to reign in the buying and selling of elections by people like the Puppetmaster. To call it a good first step is like bailing a thimbleful of water from a sinking boat and calling it an accomplishment.

I'm researching the role of corporate money in electoral politics, slogging through its history and its implications for the future. And my early take is this. North Carolina should allow ZERO money from corporations to influence elections. By zero, I mean none whatsoever.

More on that later.

Blust

What a perfect name for a pontificating Pope Puppet! Poor Mr. Blust. He's been counting on hiding the Puppetmaster's corporate largesse, hoping his constituents don't see all the strings attached to every action he takes. And the truth is, Blust HAS to support Pope's ludicrous position ... because if he crossed the Puppetmaster, he lose his seat in the next primary election.

How appropriate that they would choose to

quote him. It makes it so much easier to point out the puppet strings.



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Art Pope Beheaded

LOL

I forgot to mention, that's what I thought this title said when i first saw it this morning. "Art Pope" Beheaded by Easley.

Talk about wishful thinking!

A

NOTE TO THE PUPPETMASTER: I do not wish you were beheaded. That's just a silly joke by me. But I do wish you'd keep your damn corporate money out of public elections.

Hehe...it does kinda look like that...

and he does look kinda headless with his arse on his shoulders.



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