Liberal protesters at the General Assembly have been claiming they are acting in the name of morality, but a new Civitas study shows the role played by money. William Barber, NC NAACP President, has said that the seeds of the recent protests were first sown when he and others formed a coalition of liberal groups called Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ). In 2013, HKonJ became the coordinating umbrella organization for the groups protesting on Mondays. But a new Civitas study shows that HKonJ affiliated groups have received more than $100 million in direct state grants in recent years.
Liberal protesters at the General Assembly have been claiming they are acting in the name of morality, but a new Civitas study shows the role played by money – more than $100 million in state funds.
A casual observer might say these organizations seem to be upstanding social institutions. The Community Development Initiative, for example, promises on its web site to “[drive] innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities.” Who could argue with that? The liberal-left has a talent for innocuous names and benevolent mission statements that mislead the public as to an organization’s true mission.
Here’s what the money tells us about these organizations: They’re not all about compassion and social work. Let’s take the Community Development Initiative. Its CEO, Abdul Rasheed, made $222,629 in base compensation in 2011, along with $42,819 in deferred compensation and benefits. That’s $265,448 for one year of work at a nonprofit!
At the Support Center, CEO Lenwood Long made $106,080 in 2011. In 2009, Lenwood’s organization shuffled $845,000 to the Latino Community Credit Union and $847,290 to the First Legacy Community Credit Union. The center also gave $676,000 to Generations Community Credit Union. In its IRS tax filing, the Support Center reported that all of those transactions were made with “interested persons” – that is to say, people who are connected sufficiently to the organization to pose a potential conflict of interest.
When you follow the money, you see that this isn’t about morality at all. It isn’t about the high-minded virtues of justice, or equality. It’s about politics: liberal organizers have depended for years on the largess of an insolvent and bloated state bureaucracy. And as state legislators move to address rampant waste and debt in state government – something the people of North Carolina elected them to do – liberal groups fear that they are about to lose their spot at the public trough.
It’s all about the money.
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Moral Mondays are Really Money Mondays – Here is a link – Just follow the money