This is a repost of my weekly Da Tech Guy Column: Dark Money On The Left Targets North Carolina
By A.P. Dillon
Most of the conversation this week has been about the Baltimore Riots. I’m not going to add to that well-traveled path today. I want to direct your attention to my home state of North Carolina.
When I first started writing at Da Tech Guy, I did a series of articles centering on North Carolina that was meant to establish a foundation of the infrastructure of the Left in the state. These articles were A Primer on the Left in NC (Part I), Part II, Part III and Part IV.
These articles outlined the major players, strategies and funding sources of the BlueprintNC network. Since my original articles, Civitas, which is a local conservative think tank, has mapped these connections. Civitas made their results available to the public on a searchable website called Mapping The Left.
Fast forward a moment to the April 12th article in the Washington Post describing wealthy Leftists and Democrat donors coordinating to ‘wrest control’ back from key states. In the article, one of the states targeted for ‘wresting control’ is North Carolina.
Even if donors step up their giving, the left is “not likely to be able to match the Kochs’ money,” LaMarche said. “So therefore we have to be smarter and more strategic.”
The new state plan aims to replicate the strategies used in places such as Minnesota and Colorado, where well-funded networks of nonprofit groups have helped Democrats dominate politics. Similar efforts are underway in states such as North Carolina, where Republicans in recent years gained control of both the legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time since 1870.
–Washington Post, 4/12/15 – ‘Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states’
Of note in the above passages, the Washington Post repeats the canard that the Left can’t beat the Koch Brothers money, ignoring that the Koch brothers ranked 59th in donations in the last election cycle behind a majority of Democrat, Union and Leftist donors.
It will be important to keep tabs on new PACS being formed and money flowing into the current major donors of BlueprintNC — The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, AJ Fletcher Foundation, the AFL-CIO and the Tides Foundation.
The Washington Post article implies that a wave of Dark money is about to be infused into the existing BlueprintNC network.
Remember, two years ago, BlueprintNC and its partners launched their attack on Republicans in the state. Their mission, via an internal memo leaked to the press, was to “Eviscerate, Mitigate, Litigate, Cogitate, and Agitate”.
As LaMarche said in the Washington Post article, they need to be strategic. Democrats only announce something that obvious after they’ve already begun. Logic follows that the mission begun two years ago by the BlueprintNC network was just a warm-up for an upcoming campaign.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
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