We at Civitas have always believed DemocracyNC is just a front for partisan and political activity and recent blog postings makes that clear. They are portrayed in the press, when even characterized, as "a campaign finance watchdog group" or "a non-partisan watchdog group", never as a "liberal leaning group" or as a "liberal advocacy group." This despite constant lobbying against issues like voter ID, for taxpayer financed campaigns and other liberal pet projects. They even did GOTV efforts in the 2010 election. Yet the press and many legislators continue to regard them as an "above the fray" organization with no ideological or political leanings.
In a post election post on the loony left site bluenc.com, a volunteer with DemocracyNC takes credit for the October 11 Board of Education election outcome in Wake County. He explicitly says "…it was satisfying to see the results…". As a 501(c)3 organization they are prohibited from working for the election or defeat of candidates or conducting partisan activity. He also uses the post to recruit more workers. Below you can read for yourself (emphasis added):
Submitted by heiderose1 on Wed, 10/12/2011 – 1:46pm.
Even though I do not live in Wake County, I spent Monday evening calling folks in District 8 to go to the polls, so it was satisfying to see the results. If you want to make sure the board shifts into better hands, please help with the GOTV efforts in the run-off in District 3 between incumbent Kevin Hill, a Democrat representing north Raleigh, and Republican challenger Heather Losurdo. Margiotta supporters are gearing up to pour their frustration into that race to keep the board under Republican control, so we need to step it up ourselves.
To sign up, please contact Bob Hall at Democracy North Carolina: 919-489-1931
Resistance is Fertile
It took about 9 hours for the DemocracyNC board chairman to try and do damage control but his response raises more questions than answers. While he uses the right words, the rest of his post shows his true allegiances in this case. His blogging name "TrueMeckDem" by using the capitalized "D" in Dem shows that he is not refering to the political structure of government but to the other "D" as in Democratic party. He also is the Treasurer for the Mecklenburg Democratic Party – hardly a non-partisan position. The other little indicator is the quote from Barack Obama at the end of his post (which was removed after the original posting) touting one of the two major parties…
Submitted by TrueMeckDem on Wed, 10/12/2011 – 10:30pm.
Democracy NC does not support either candidate, we are a non partisan organization that is only interested in GOTV in this race. Our GOTV efforts should in no way imply that we support either party or their candidates.
Chair of the Board
Democracy North Carolina
“We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.” ~ Barack Obama
DemocracyNC is welcome to do everything within the law that any (c)3 is lawfully allowed to do. If they want to go beyond those activities they should start a (c)4 like Civitas Action. But even Civitas Action does not advocate for the election or defeat of candidates as they are clearly doing in this case.
DEMOCRACYNC IS A LIBERAL ADVOCACY GROUP. They are not going to like me calling them that but they are, just like Civitas is unabashedly conservative. The only difference is we are proud of it and they run and hide from what they are.
Actually they might rather I say DEMOCRACYNC IS A PROGRESSIVE ADVOCACY GROUP!