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Art Pope Groups Push Extreme ALEC Tax Agenda in North Carolina

May 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Art Pope Groups Push Extreme ALEC Tax Agenda in North Carolina

Investigative report on how ALEC’s rich-get-richer agenda is behind NC’s brutal 2013 budget and tax plans.

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ALEC Energy Task Force chair also director at Art Pope’s John Locke Foundation

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Last fall, the New Yorker  featured North Carolina’s Art Pope in its investigative report “State for Sale: A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina . . .”  Among other alarming facts, the report documents Pope’s long-standing relationship with the billionaire Koch brothers, who are known to be major backers of  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  This article did not note the connection between Pope and ALEC, however. The website Art Pope Exposed, a project of the Institute for Southern Studies, provides some clues.

For example, in “Pope-backed climate deniers fight NC’s renewable energy programArt Pope Exposed reports that Daren Bakst, director of legal and regulatory studies and “chief climate-science denier” for Art Pope’s John Locke Foundation, is also  ALEC Energy Task Force chairperson.