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NCGOP Reveals Union Ties to Moral Mondays

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Moral Monday protest

As a Liber-TEA activist, I always get a chuckle out of the accusations that our movement is nothing but “astroturf” as opposed to a true grassroots movement. For two years I led the Charlotte Tea Party (CAUTION) but never received any marching orders from “higher up”.  If there were checks from the Koch brothers, I really need to talk to my former treasurer. I never saw a dime and feel a little gypped.

On the other side, leftist groups are seemingly always hailed as truly representative of the people; the voice of the poor, poor, pitiful poor. The so called “Moral Monday” protests in Raleigh have exemplified this.  The Reverend William Barber and his merry band of  social justice activists want to be portrayed as carrying a message from the people, but as the NCGOP pointed out in a press release yesterday, it looks like some serious cash is being injected into this “grassroots” movement by the labor movement.

Here are their findings:

Today, as Democrat House Minority Leader Larry Hall stood with the leader of Moral Mondays at the General Assembly for a press conference, the North Carolina Republican Party exposed direct payments from some of the largest labor unions in the country to the lead organizer of Moral Mondays, Rev. William Barber.

In 2014, records show that William Barber directly pocketed at least $20,000 in payments from labor unions while he was organizing MoralMonday protests of GOP-led policies in North Carolina. In addition, one of the lead groups backing Moral Mondays, ‘Action NC,’ received at least $1.12 million from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 2014.

“For the groups and individuals who say they advocate for the state’s poor and disadvantaged to simultaneously pocket millions from the nation’s largest labor unions is the height of hypocrisy,” said NCGOP Executive Director Todd Poole. “These payments are further proof that the Roy Cooper-Moral Monday-Democrat Party agenda is a front to expand the power and influence of unions and liberal special interest groups in North Carolina and bring our state back to the days of high taxes and big government.”

According to leaked documents, the groups behind Moral Mondays are a part of a national network of progressive organizations called “Democracy Alliance,” funded in large part by the country’s largest labor unions and pro-union forces aimed at gaining more power and control over state governments.

Democracy Alliance members and supporters include prominent current and former leaders of the largest unions in the country, including the AFL-CIO, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, Workers United, the Service Employees International Union, Communications Workers of America as well as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, according to The Washington Free Beacon and Watchdog.org. They are also backed by liberal billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer.

These same forces are also behind efforts to overturn North Carolina’s voter ID law in court. The New York Times reported, “A Democratic legal fight against restrictive voting laws enacted in recent years by Republican-controlled state governments is being largely paid for by a single liberal benefactor: the billionaire philanthropist George Soros.”

Background:

In 2014, Big Labor Unions Gave $20,000 Directly to William Barber, the Leader of Moral Monday, Who Pocketed the Union Cash

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Source: U.S. Department of Labor, http://olms.dol-esa.gov/query/getPayerPayeeQry.do 

Moral Monday Backer ‘Action NC’ Received $1.12 Million from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 2014

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Source: U.S. Department of Labor, http://olms.dol-esa.gov/query/getPayerPayeeQry.do 

Action NC is One of the Groups Behind Moral Mondays

  • “Democracy NC, Action NC, the state NAACP, Greenpeace and the N.C. Association of Educators are backers of the Moral Mondayprotests.” (Erik Spanberg, “Charlotte ready for its first Moral Monday,” Charlotte Business Journal, 8/19/2013)

Moral Monday Advocates for Union Causes and ‘Union Rights’

  • According to Moral Monday organizers, their demands include collective bargaining. (Source)
  • North Carolina chapters of affiliated union groups frequently take part in Moral Monday events, and their activists push for “union rights.” (Source)

According to Civitas, the Moral Monday agenda would cost $10 billion in new government spending – a 50% increase in the state budget – and necessitate a $4,000 tax increase for each family of four to pay for it. The result, according to a Forbes Magazine Op-Ed, would be “a mass evacuation of companies from Research Triangle Park, Charlotte, and elsewhere in the state.” (Source)

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