NC: Real Jobs NC targets Holliman, Underhill in new mailers
NC Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon runs down the numbers surrounding Real Jobs NC, the 527 run by powerful conservative players such as Art Pope and Pharmaceutical Product Development chairman Fred Eshelman, that began a $500,000 ad buy recently. Despite claims from Pope that Real Jobs NC is non-partisan, the ad buy is targeting, in part, two North Carolina Democrats, state Reps. Hugh Holliman of Lexington and Alice Underhill of New Bern.
Fitzsimon notes that a recent mailer sent by Real Jobs NC to hit Holliman’s record cites four bills the 527 calls wasteful spending during a recession. Yet these bills were also supported by House Republicans, a fact omitted in the mailer.
Here’s part of Fitzsimons’ numbers breakdown regarding the mailer and Holliman’s past votes:
4—number of bills cited in recent Real Jobs NC mailing against Rep. Hugh Holliman to support the mailing’s suggestion that Holliman “is wasting our tax dollars on pork during a recession.” (Real Jobs NC mailing)
25 million—amount in dollars of the cost of a fishing pier in Nags Head authorized by legislation passed by the 2010 session of the General Assembly that is one of the four bills cited in mailing against Holliman (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session, Real Jobs NC mailing)
111—number of votes cast in House in favor of House Bill 628 that authorized the construction of the fishing pier in Nags Head (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session)
48—number of Republicans who voted for House Bill 628 (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session)
0—number of Republicans who voted against House Bill 628 (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session)
As for a new mailer sent out over the weekend (Aug. 28) targeting Underhill, Real Jobs NC trumpets her vote to give $20 million in tax credits to “Hollywood fatcats” that decide to film in North Carolina.
Real Jobs NC’s election board filing reports that $15,000 of their $500,000 ad buy will go toward hitting Holliman and Underhill in their districts. Real Jobs NC is based in Raleigh.