Real Jobs NC received $325,000 in two-week period
Real Jobs NC, a 527 group led by powerful North Carolina conservatives that has run ads against Democrats vying for state House and state Senate, took in $325,025 from October 1 to October 13, according to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Real Jobs NC received $250,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), $50,000 from J. Stephen Vanderwoude — a former telecom executive residing in Chapel Hill — and $25,000 from Glen Raven, Inc. a textile company based in Glen Raven, N.C.
The RSLC, which has contributed $900,000 this year to Real Jobs NC, lists it mission statement as, “The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) is the only national organization whose mission is electing Republicans to the office of Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State and State Legislator.” The organization is based in Alexandria, Va.
Glen Raven Inc., has given a total of $75,000 to the group.
On October 8, the Real Jobs NC purchased $337,553 worth of ad time using the Charlotte-based company Specialized Media Services, Inc.
Past contributors to Real Jobs NC include conservative activists Art Pope and Fred Eshelman, chairman of Pharmaceutical Product Development and a founder (with state Rep. Jeff Barnhart and state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell) of RightChange.com. RightChange.com has given $100,000 to the Real Jobs NC this election cycle; Variety Wholesalers, owned by Pope, has given $200,000. Pope and Eshelman are on the group’s board of directors; Eshelman is also the president.
Pope was quoted by the Associated Press in August saying, “Real Jobs North Carolina is not partisan. We hope this message reaches all voters.” Despite claims from Pope that Real Jobs NC is non-partisan, ad buys by Real Jobs NC have targeted strictly Democrats. The group’s first ad buy consisted of mailers attacking state Reps. Hugh Holliman of Lexington and Alice Underhill of New Bern.
John W. Marin is a partner for the law firm Williams Mullen and is also listed as a director of Real Jobs NC. Marin, a graduate of Duke University, played in the NBA from 1966-1977 and focuses on sports law.
The Real Jobs NC website proclaims that “for business to survive in North Carolina, it’s time to fight back against the frivolous lawsuit trial lawyers, big union bosses and radical environmental groups that threaten our state’s economic future.”
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