Who is Art Pope? Another Libertarian/Republican/Ayn Rand rich white man who buys politicians to push personal agendas using RADICAL ideology to gain profits.
Rachel Maddow interviews Jane Mayer of the New Yorker. Jane wrote a in-depth expose on her interview with millionaire Art Pope. 3/4 of the contributions to Republican races in North Carolina came from Art Pope. You can watch the Maddow episode here. Remember in 2008, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama won North Carolina. North Carolina became a swing state or PURPLE STATE.
The article is in the October 11 issue, You can read the article STATE FOR SALE online here.
Phillips argues that the Court’s decision, in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has been a “game changer,” especially in the realm of state politics. In swing states like North Carolina—which the Democrats consider so important that they have scheduled their 2012 National Convention there—an individual donor, particularly one with access to corporate funds, can play a significant, and sometimes decisive, role. “We didn’t have that before 2010,” Phillips says. “Citizens United opened up the door. Now a candidate can literally be outspent by independent groups. We saw it in North Carolina, and a lot of the money was traced back to Art Pope.”
Maddow did another expose and interview with Jane Mayer last year, remember the Koch Brothers, Charles and David ?
So the rich, powerful few continue their schemes to buy off the pols and influence policy. Keep your eyes on North Carolina, folks. It’s going to be an interesting 2012 Democratic Party National Convention too!