Just in case there's any confusion

about what we're up against, I had the opportunity this morning to review last year's John Locke Foundation IRS filing, two pages of which are included as attachments below.

Income from seminars and luncheons - $56,760

Income from the Puppetmaster - $1,696,142

All other contributions - $199,999

Which means the Puppetmaster personally contributes around 90% of the money to fund his right wing crusade.


PS If any of you are banking with BB&T, now would be a very good time to write to them and let you know how much you appreciate them spending $30,000 of the profits they make on their hard-working customers to support the Puppetmaster. You can use this form to let them know you're closing your account.


Great Research

One of the many projects to be completed by '08 will be keeping tabs on contributions to politicians and groups.

A, I recommended

but my comments keep failing. Pope contributes 100% to his 527..no other contributors. It's a referendom committee and it looks like he could have violated a law....if not, he skirted it so close you have to ask yourself if it really is ethical.

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Thanks dear.

It won't go anywhere, but I appreciate your effort. Boy, the more we dig into the evil brain of the Puppetmaster, the sicker it gets.

Well...it does become part of the

permanent record. I've done quite a few searches lately where the dkos page with all the stories under that subject came up. It's important to get it out there and on the record.

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that's what I'm hoping

when I post on MyDD and don't get everyone to comment. I just want the stuff to show up when someone does a search. It's not that what I have to say is so important. It's just when no one else has a made a certain point, I want it out there.

A, I could comment

and rate the comments but couldn't find a place to rate you. I'll keep trying. Took me a half hour to log onto kos today.


Ok, intrepid investigators. I noticed something funky in mudville.

Forensic Products, Inc. is a nonentity. I can't find a website, a Google mention anywhere, nothing. The company is out of a post office box.

However, there is a Forensic Company in Youngsville, NC. It is SIRCHIE FINGER PRINT LABS, YOUNGSVILLE, NC 27596.
Sirchie is owned by John Carrington. Senator John Carrington, who is serving probation for illegally shipping law enforcement equipment to China.

The Raleigh News and Observer reported on its web site that John Carrington was sentenced Wednesday during a hearing at the federal courthouse in New Bern.

Carrington had already agreed to pay an $850,000 fine and his company will pay an additional $400,000.

Now, the question is, does John Carrington, convicted Republican, own Forensic Products, Inc. If so, does it mean that the Carolina Journal is receiving money that was earned through ill-gotten means? Or, just that they prefer receiving donations under the table from convicted criminals?

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Oh, Duh

Right below it is a donation FROM John Carrington. So, I think that makes it pretty over the table that CJ is receiving its money from, among others, a traitor that sent illegal imports to a communist country in order to make profit.

Shame on you CJ.

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This story

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

John Carrington's nephew

just happens to be the Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. This just gets juicier doesn't it?

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Durned Sherlock

This looks juicy!

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The Pope Family Crime Ring

Please tell me this isn't just bidness as usual in North Carolina politics.

GodPope 3 and beyond the pale of conservatism

Please tell me this isn't just bidness as usual in North Carolina politics.* A

Well A! Wait until you find out about the enforcers of the Pope gang!

Like the mafia, they have their little thugs running around smearing folks and pretending to be anti-Rino hunters in the name of pure conservatism or phony religious fascism.

Don't worry! They are paper tigers and cowards when confronted with ideas or principles.... Why do you think they are going nuts over this site with the info pouring out about the gang.

What is the difference?

None of you BlueNC regulars would answer this question on the other thread, so I will try again here.

What is the difference between the Pope Foundation using tax deductions to support public policy, and the Z. Smith Reynolds, Ford and Rockfeller Foundations doing so, other than one is conservative to libertarian, and latter are liberal to progressive?

Not my forte.

But, let me take a stab.


The Pope foundation is concerned with one thing, saving their owner/President/Puppetmaster as much money as possible. The underlying goal is to decrease government so that he won't have to pay taxes.

The Ford Foundation, just as an example is dedicated to:

* Promise significant contributions to world peace and the establishment of a world order of law and justice
* Secure greater allegiance to the basic principles of freedom and democracy in the solution of the insistent problems of an ever-changing society;
* Advance the economic well being of people everywhere and improve economic institutions for the better realization of democratic goals;
* Strengthen, expand and improve educational facilities and methods to enable individuals more fully to realize their intellectual, civic, and spiritual potentialities; to promote greater equality of educational opportunity; and to conserve and increase knowledge and enrich our culture; and
* Through scientific work, increase knowledge of factors which influence or determine human conduct, and extend such knowledge for the maximum benefit of individuals and society.

Now, I would argue with you that these ARE Progressive principles, so they would qualify as a Progressive foundation. On the other hand, I would argue that the principles that govern the GOP at this time are:

* Corporate profit over worker well-being.
* Small government at the expense of its citizen's well-being.
* Military establishment of a middle-east colony to secure oil profits for corporations.
* Corporate conservation of profits over conservation of the environment in all cases.
* Corporate health over consumer health.

Consider how the Republican party has changed. This is the party that once stood for:
* The National Park System - T. Roosevelt.
* A Better Life for All Our Citizens - Lincoln.
* Government Insurance for the Elderly - Eisenhower.
* Government Run and Maintained Infrastructure, Interstate System - Eisenhower.

Somewhere along the way, the GOP has lost its soul. It is responsible for cutting plans that were decreasing the rate of abortions, thereby resulting in more abortions than if the plan had stayed in place. It decries the breakdown of Marriage as an institution while refusing to aid the economic situation of most Americans; economic stress is the number one underlying cause of divorce.

To get back to your question. Republican foundations seek only profits for their patrons, while Progressive foundations seek to make the world a better place.

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abortion rate

Every time I mention the increase in abortions a Republican refuses to believe that we Democrats are better at decreasing the rate than Republicans. Under Clinton abortions went down for the first time since the 1970s. Under Bush they stayed constant and now are creeping up. If you assume that they would have continued to decrease under the Clinton plan, then you see that Republicans are responsible for more abortions.

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The huge drop

is of course due to a change in statistical sources I believe. We're not talking about huge drops, just little drops over time. But, that is the difference between our policies (decreases) and GOP policies (increases).

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Where'd you get the chart?

Just curious.


They have all the stats, but it is always a few years behind. I can't find anything for any year later than 2002.

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Not your forte my fanny

This is beautiful and would make a great blog entry.

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This isn't my topic

Both in the sense that I didn't post it here and in the sense that I don't know much of anything about it. I'd be shocked if the devils weren't in the details, though. I imagine that the various foundations use their funds in a variety of ways.

So: if I were to set about answering your question, I'd be looking at particular transactions and their interactions with the law.

I think that Anglico's point in this post, though, is that it's hard to hear the JLF as anything other than the voice of Art Pope. There's nothing wrong with Art having a voice; I guess he figures people will be more likely to take him seriously under the name "John Locke."

I didn't see your question

and wouldn't have addressed it anyway since I don't follow the Locke Foundation or the Pope Center. However I did look both up and they really aren't very inspiring. I didn't see a board of directors or anything that indicates to me that it is anything more than Art Pope's personal web site with a fancy name. He also has a 527 that is 100% funded by his company/family money that he has used in a way that this year may have broken the law. This is very superficial but I just don't have time this morning to devote to this.

I then went for a cursory glance at the Rockefeller Foundation. The first thing I saw was the following:

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to fostering knowledge and innovation to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world.

I also immediately noticed that Sandra Day O'Connor has joined the board of trustees. Now, she's not known as being the bastion of liberalism. What a concept! Bringing someone on board that will offer a different view to enrich the experience. I imagine that Art Pope would not be inclined to do that. I apologize for this assumption if I am wrong.

I'm not so certain you want us comparing any organization founded by Art Pope to the Rockefeller Foundation. There really is no comparison. The Rockefeller Foundation exists to help the poor and excluded in society and in my mind that is far more worthy of tax exempt status than a foundation that exists to further Art Pope's agenda....whatever that may be.

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