July 8, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099 Francis.DeLuca@NCCivitas.org
RALEIGH – A new Civitas Institute study has found that the organizations behind the “Moral Monday” demonstrations have received more than $100 million in state funds since 2007.
A coalition of liberal groups called Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) is the coordinating umbrella organization behind Moral Mondays. Civitas research shows that HKonJ-affiliated groups have received more than $100 million in direct state grants in recent years. These include $33 million for the Community Development Initiative, $20 million for the Support Center (formerly known as the Minority Support Center), and $17.5 million for the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development.
Civitas also found an additional $9.6 million from pass-through grant money given to HKonJ organizations by state-funded nonprofits from 2009 to 2012. The Golden LEAF Foundation, the Rural Economic Development Center (now under review for possible misuse of state funds), the Triangle Community Foundation, and the Foundation for the Carolinas all funneled taxpayer money to these liberal organizers.
“It would be more appropriate to call these events ‘Money Mondays,’” Civitas President Francis X. De Luca said. “These groups claim they are fighting ‘extremism’ as the General Assembly tries to control spending. Talking about morality is much more likely to attract support than talking about keeping tax dollars flowing to your group.”
Details of the Civitas study can be found here.
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