A Primer on the Left in NC (Part I)

by A.P. Dillon | December 19th, 2013

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A Primer on the Left in NC (Part I)

Those of you who fol­low my per­sonal blog might be acquainted with my map­ping of the Left in North Car­olina already. For those of you just get­ting to know me and my writ­ing, you’re in for some fun and a lit­tle bit of catch-​up. Back in May, I wrote about how the Democ­rats were melt­ing down in North Car­olina. I had no idea writ­ing on this back in May of the drama, vit­riol and ridicu­lous rhetoric that would descend on my state. In the com­ing weeks, I’ll be lay­ing it all out for Da Tech Guy read­ers. This arti­cle (part one of ?) is long and involved, but vital to under­stand­ing how the Left cre­ates a web of a few dozen orga­ni­za­tions to cre­ate the illu­sion of a larger force. Treat this arti­cle like a research paper.

Back­ground

North Car­olina went Red when Repub­li­cans took both houses, the Lt. Gov­er­nor and Gov­er­nor slots in the 2010 elec­tion cycle. The last time Repub­li­cans held the NC Sen­ate, it was around 1898. Before 2010, the Democ­rats con­trolled the House 68 – 52 and Sen­ate 30 – 20 prior to the elec­tion. After, the tables had turned and Repub­li­cans had a major­ity con­trol of the House 67 – 53 and Sen­ate con­trol of 31 – 19. That’s 15 seats in the House and 11 in the Sen­ate for a total of 26 seats flipped. That’s a big state­ment on how vot­ers felt about the job Democ­rats in NC (and nation­ally) were doing. It almost goes with­out say­ing that Democ­rats were angry. Very angry. They wanted their power back and didn’t sit still for long.

Blue­print NC

Enter Blue­print NC (BPNC) a “non-​partisan501©(3) that is the child of the NC Jus­tice Cen­ter. We’ll delve into the paper trail behind the for­ma­tion of BPNC and it’s ties to NC Jus­tice cen­ter fur­ther down in this arti­cle. Quick fact, the first Direc­tor of BPNC was Julie Mooney, who at the time was an employee of NC Jus­tice Cen­ter. Mooney now sits on the board of Democ­racy NC and is a coor­di­na­tor for Grant­mak­ers For South­ern Progress. In Fall of 2009, Mooney hired Sean Kosof­sky to replace her as director:

RALEIGH, N.C. — An advo­cate for social jus­tice and civil rights has been tapped to lead Blue­print NC, a Raleigh-​based coali­tion of non­prof­its work­ing to fos­ter a health­ier and more equi­table state.

Sean Kosof­sky, exec­u­tive direc­tor of NARAL Pro-​Choice NC, will suc­ceed Julie Mooney, who has served as Blueprint’s first exec­u­tive direc­tor since 2006.

The arti­cle states Mooney served since 2006, but I’ve only located doc­u­ments indi­cat­ing BPNC went back as far as 2007. Incor­po­ra­tion doc­u­ments were filed in 2010. Those arti­cles of incor­po­ra­tion list the fol­low­ing board members:

At that same time of incor­po­ra­tion in 2010, BPNC changed addresses from 224 S. Daw­son street in Raleigh to 2912 High­woods Drive in Raleigh. 224 S. Daw­son is the address for the NC Jus­tice Cen­ter. BPNC’s new home is also where ‘Project Vote Against’ orig­i­nated and houses Progress NC, Pub­lic Pol­icy Polling, NOW (Raleigh) and Lillian’s List.

BPNC has a very exclu­sive mem­ber­ship of Left lean­ing orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Occupy Raleigh, a list of which we will get into fur­ther on in this arti­cle. For a quick peek at some on the list, LaborUnion­Re­port has a graphic at Red­state for your review. It is inter­est­ing to see a non-​profit that requires a login to be issued to go beyond the front page of their web­site. It’s also inter­est­ing that nowhere on the site can you request said login. I guess you have to know one of the employ­ees to get one?

Blue­Print NC’s Attack Memo

The folks at BPNC are fans of their media usu­ally, how­ever BPNC gar­nered atten­tion with its “attack memo” being leaked back in Feb­ru­ary of this year. The Char­lotte Observer pub­lished it:

The memo was for­warded by Stephanie Bass, then Bluprint’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor, to the group’s non­profit allies. The Observer obtained a copy.

Describ­ing the con­trol Repub­li­cans hold on North Car­olina state gov­ern­ment, it gave pro­gres­sives a list of rec­om­men­da­tions. Among them:

• “Crip­pling their lead­ers (McCrory, Tillis, Berger etc.).”

• “Evis­cer­ate the lead­er­ship and weaken their abil­ity to govern.”

• “Pres­sure McCrory at every pub­lic event.”

• “Slam him when he con­tra­dicts his promises.”

• “Pri­vate inves­ti­ga­tors and inves­tiga­tive report­ing, espe­cially in the exec­u­tive branch…”

Those were among the talk­ing points and action steps in a memo for­warded by Blue­print North Car­olina, a part­ner­ship of advo­cacy and pol­icy groups based in Raleigh.

The memo was emailed to groups last week with a warn­ing: “It is CON­FI­DEN­TIAL to Blue­print, so please be care­ful – share with your boards and appro­pri­ate staff but not the whole world.”

The arti­cle went on to say that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foun­da­tion fun­neled about 400k into BPNC, but that num­ber turned out to be low. Civ­i­tas Insti­tute cor­rected the record:

While they talk about the $400,000 fig­ure for 2013 what is left unsaid is the large and con­tin­u­ing sup­port by ZSR for Blue­print NC activ­i­ties. Look­ing through past IRS 990’s on www​.guidestar​.com, along with the $400,000 above, ZSR has sup­plied $2.1 mil­lion since 2009 to Blue­print NC. They did this either directly or through the NC Jus­tice Cen­ter which orig­i­nally started and housed Blue­print NC with the assis­tance of a grant from Reynolds.

Reminder: NC Jus­tice Cen­ter was the start-​up point for BPNC and their 990 fil­ings I located show NC Jus­tice Cen­ter pumped money into BPNC going back to 2007. Excerpt from the 2007 fil­ing in which they allo­cated $255,849:

BLUE­PRINT NC — ADVO­CACY AND ORGA­NIZ­ING GROUPS DED­I­CATED TO ACHIEV­INGBET­TER, FAIRER AND HEALTH­IER NORTH CAR­OLINA THROUGH THE DEVEL­OP­MENT OF AN INTE­GRATED COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS, CIVIC ENGAGE­MENT AND POL­ICY STRATEGY.”

  • 2008: $811,730 in expenses, grants $249,543
  • 2009: $584,316 in expenses, grants $6,500
  • 2010: $511,413 in expenses, grants $72,100

The 2008 annual report for NC Jus­tice Cen­ter men­tions their launch of Blue­print NC:

2008 brought new finan­cial
sup­port for the con­tin­u­a­tion and
expan­sion of our work. Our bud­get
(includ­ing the spe­cial non-​profit
part­ner­ship project Blue­print NC) grew
to $4.78 mil­lion. As set out in the chart
below, sup­port grew in every area -
indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions, state
foun­da­tions, and national foundations.

In the 2011 fil­ing, BPNC dis­ap­pears from NC Jus­tice Center’s 990’s. More infor­ma­tion on NC Jus­tice Cen­ter, its money flow and IRS fil­ings can be found at WRAL. Make sure to take a peek, this will not be the last time you hear about NC Jus­tice Cen­ter in this series on the Left in North Carolina.

Fol­low the Money

Blue­print NC was clearly get­ting money on its own after 2010. In large part BPNC is funded by one of the biggest left lean­ing char­ity orga­ni­za­tions in the area men­tioned pre­vi­ously, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foun­da­tion. It should also be men­tioned at this point that Matt Vespa at PJ media has a nice list of their ‘non-​partisan part­ners’, includ­ing the A.J. Fletcher Foun­da­tion. The foun­da­tions big tag line last year was “Mov­ing NC For­ward”. Remem­ber that line. It will come­back to visit us in future installments.

Why is A.J. Fletcher impor­tant? It’s housed with NC Jus­tice Cen­ter and is very gen­er­ous with grants to them. It’s also oper­ated by the Good­mon fam­ily, of which Jim Good­mon is a mem­ber. Jim Good­mon owns Capi­tol broad­cast­ing, which in turn runs local media out­let WRAL. As you can imag­ine, WRAL was less than bal­anced in their report­ing on BPNC and for a long while failed to men­tion their sta­tions con­nec­tions to BPNC.

The Man Lead­ing Team ‘Crip­ple and Eviscerate’

There is an impor­tant player not yet men­tioned here. The Rev­erend William Bar­ber. He’s the NAACP’s Al Sharp­ton wannabe for North Car­olina who can be counted on to cry ‘that’s raaaacist!’ every chance he is given. He also sits on the board of the NC Jus­tice Cen­ter.

Rev­erend Bar­ber has inserted him­self into every issue imag­in­able in NC, most mem­o­rably the Wake County School board bus­ing issues. He’s a big fan of being arrested as an act of ‘civil dis­obe­di­ence’, not so much a fan of mak­ing an appoint­ment to talk to offi­cials. Here’s one of him being arrested at a Wake School board meeting:

Lovely chap.

Bar­ber has moved on from his the­atrics at school board meet­ings to a state-​wide ‘crip­ple and evis­cer­ate’ scheme called ‘Moral Mon­day’. Bar­ber also has his hands in the Fast Food strike scene — a move­ment steeped in union sup­ported front groups that I have labeled “Occupy 2.0″. I man­aged to fig­ure out the union involve­ment back in June; the NY Times just caught up this week.

At any rate this ‘Moral Mon­day’ thing esca­lated over the Sum­mer in Raleigh, pre­dictably get­ting louder, nas­tier and beclown­ing itself at a rapid pace. As the ses­sion of the NC Gen­eral Assem­bly came to a close, then came the inevitable burn out ala Occupy. Now we have lit­tle gath­er­ings here and there; all of them draw­ing the same core group of Lefties.

You have to know that when the Left is using reli­gion and moral­ity as their plat­form, that they’re truly des­per­ate and scrap­ing the bot­tom of the hypocrisy bar­rel. We’ll get deeper into the Rev­erend and his ‘Moral Mon­day Move­ment’ in the next install­ment of A Primer on The Left In North Car­olina.

A.P. Dil­lon (Lady Lib­erty 1885), is a Con­ser­v­a­tive minded wife and mother liv­ing in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina. A.P. Dil­lon founded the blog LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com in 2009. After the 2012 elec­tion, she added an Instapun­dit style blog called The Con­Mom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writ­ing can also be found at Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org, Watch­dog­WireNC and Wiz­Bang. Non-​political writ­ing projects include sci­ence fic­tion novel­las that are, as of yet, unpub­lished. Her cur­rent writ­ing project is a children’s book series.

Those of you who follow my personal blog might be acquainted with my mapping of the Left in North Carolina already. For those of you just getting to know me and my writing, you’re in for some fun and a little bit of catch-up.  Back in May, I wrote about how the Democrats were melting down in North Carolina.  I had no idea writing on this back in May of the drama, vitriol and ridiculous rhetoric that would descend on my state. In the coming weeks, I’ll be laying it all out for Da Tech Guy readers. This article (part one of ?) is long and involved, but vital to understanding how the Left creates a web of a few dozen organizations to create the illusion of a larger force. Treat this article like a research paper.

Background

North Carolina went Red when Republicans took both houses, the Lt. Governor and Governor slots in the 2010 election cycle. The last time Republicans held the NC Senate, it was around 1898. Before 2010, the Democrats controlled the House 68-52 and Senate 30-20 prior to the election. After, the tables had turned and Republicans had a majority control of the House 67-53 and Senate control of 31-19. That’s 15 seats in the House and 11 in the Senate for a total of 26 seats flipped. That’s a big statement on how voters felt about the job Democrats in NC (and nationally) were doing.  It almost goes without saying that Democrats were angry. Very angry. They wanted their power back and didn’t sit still for long.

Blueprint NC

Enter Blueprint NC (BPNC) a “non-partisan” 501(c)(3) that is the child of the NC Justice Center. We’ll delve into the paper trail behind the formation of BPNC and it’s ties to NC Justice center further down in this article. Quick fact, the first Director of BPNC was Julie Mooney, who at the time was an employee of NC Justice Center. Mooney now sits on the board of Democracy NC and is a coordinator for Grantmakers For Southern Progress. In Fall of 2009, Mooney hired Sean Kosofsky to replace her as director:

RALEIGH, N.C. – An advocate for social justice and civil rights has been tapped to lead Blueprint NC, a Raleigh-based coalition of nonprofits working to foster a healthier and more equitable state.

Sean Kosofsky, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice NC, will succeed Julie Mooney, who has served as Blueprint’s first executive director since 2006.

The article states Mooney served since 2006, but I’ve only located documents indicating BPNC went back as far as 2007. Incorporation documents were filed in 2010.  Those articles of incorporation list the following board members:

At that same time of incorporation in 2010, BPNC changed addresses from 224 S. Dawson street in Raleigh to 2912 Highwoods Drive in Raleigh. 224 S. Dawson is the address for the NC Justice Center. BPNC’s new home is also where ‘Project Vote Against‘ originated and houses Progress NC, Public Policy Polling, NOW (Raleigh) and Lillian’s List.

BPNC has a very exclusive membership of Left leaning organizations, including Occupy Raleigh, a list of which we will get into further on in this article. For a quick peek at some on the list, LaborUnionReport has a graphic at Redstate for your review.  It is interesting to see a non-profit that requires a login to be issued to go beyond the front page of their website. It’s also interesting that nowhere on the site can you request said login. I guess you have to know one of the employees to get one?

BluePrint NC’s Attack Memo

The folks at BPNC are fans of their media usually, however BPNC garnered attention with its “attack memo” being leaked back in February of this year. The Charlotte Observer published it:

The memo was forwarded by Stephanie Bass, then Bluprint’s communications director, to the group’s nonprofit allies. The Observer obtained a copy.

Describing the control Republicans hold on North Carolina state government, it gave progressives a list of recommendations. Among them:

• “Crippling their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger etc.).”

• “Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern.”

• “Pressure McCrory at every public event.”

• “Slam him when he contradicts his promises.”

• “Private investigators and investigative reporting, especially in the executive branch…”

Those were among the talking points and action steps in a memo forwarded by Blueprint North Carolina, a partnership of advocacy and policy groups based in Raleigh.

The memo was emailed to groups last week with a warning: “It is CONFIDENTIAL to Blueprint, so please be careful – share with your boards and appropriate staff but not the whole world.”

The article went on to say that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation funneled about 400k into BPNC, but that number turned out to be low. Civitas Institute corrected the record:

While they talk about the $400,000 figure for 2013 what is left unsaid is the large and continuing support by ZSR for Blueprint NC activities. Looking through past IRS 990’s on www.guidestar.com, along with the $400,000 above, ZSR has supplied $2.1 million since 2009 to Blueprint NC. They did this either directly or through the NC Justice Center which originally started and housed Blueprint NC with the assistance of a grant from Reynolds.

Reminder: NC Justice Center was the start-up point for BPNC and their 990 filings I located show NC Justice Center pumped money into BPNC going back to 2007. Excerpt from the 2007 filing in which they allocated $255,849:

“BLUEPRINT NC – ADVOCACY AND ORGANIZING GROUPS DEDICATED TO ACHIEVING A BETTER, FAIRER AND HEALTHIER NORTH CAROLINA THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND POLICY STRATEGY.”

  • 2008: $811,730 in expenses, grants $249,543
  • 2009: $584,316 in expenses, grants $6,500
  • 2010: $511,413 in expenses, grants $72,100

The 2008 annual report for NC Justice Center mentions their launch of Blueprint NC:

2008 brought new financial
support for the continuation and
expansion of our work. Our budget
(including the special non-profit
partnership project Blueprint NC) grew
to $4.78 million. As set out in the chart
below, support grew in every area -
individual contributions, state
foundations, and national foundations.

In the 2011 filing, BPNC disappears from NC Justice Center’s 990′s.  More information on NC Justice Center, its money flow and IRS filings can be found at WRAL.  Make sure to take a peek, this will not be the last time you hear about NC Justice Center in this series on the Left in North Carolina.

Follow the Money

Blueprint NC was clearly getting money on its own after 2010.  In large part BPNC is funded by one of the biggest left leaning charity organizations in the area mentioned previously, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. It should also be mentioned at this point that Matt Vespa at PJ media has a nice list of their ‘non-partisan partners’, including the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. The foundations big tag line last year was “Moving NC Forward“. Remember that line. It will comeback to visit us in future installments.

Why is A.J. Fletcher important? It’s housed with NC Justice Center and is very generous with grants to them. It’s also operated by the Goodmon family, of which Jim Goodmon is a member. Jim Goodmon owns Capitol broadcasting, which in turn runs local media outlet WRAL. As you can imagine, WRAL was less than balanced in their reporting on BPNC and for a long while failed to mention their stations connections to BPNC.

The Man Leading Team ‘Cripple and Eviscerate’

There is an important player not yet mentioned here. The Reverend William Barber. He’s the NAACP’s  Al Sharpton wannabe for North Carolina who can be counted on to cry ‘that’s raaaacist!’ every chance he is given.  He also sits on the board of the NC Justice Center.

Reverend Barber has inserted himself into every issue imaginable in NC, most memorably the Wake County School board busing issues.  He’s a big fan of being arrested as an act of ‘civil disobedience’, not so much a fan of making an appointment to talk to officials. Here’s one of him being arrested at a Wake School board meeting:

Lovely chap.

Barber has moved on from his theatrics at school board meetings to a state-wide ‘cripple and eviscerate’ scheme called ‘Moral Monday’. Barber also has his hands in the Fast Food strike scene — a movement steeped in union supported front groups that I have labeled “Occupy 2.0“. I managed to figure out the union involvement back in June; the NY Times just caught up this week.

At any rate this ‘Moral Monday’ thing escalated over the Summer in Raleigh, predictably getting louder, nastier and beclowning itself at a rapid pace. As the session of the NC General Assembly came to a close, then came the inevitable burn out ala Occupy. Now we have little gatherings here and there; all of them drawing the same core group of Lefties.

You have to know that when the Left is using religion and morality as their platform, that they’re truly desperate and scraping the bottom of the hypocrisy barrel. We’ll get deeper into the Reverend and his ‘Moral Monday Movement’ in the next installment of A Primer on The Left In North Carolina.

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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