by Lisa Sorg
The outrage is boiling over about the ultra-conservative Civitas Institute, which this week published personal, albeit publicly available, information about the protesters arrested at Moral Monday demonstrations: mug shots, party affiliations, cities of residence and, taking a page from the white supremacist intimidation playbook, their employers.
Well, turnabout is fair play: Here is a list of people on staff and on the board of the Civitas Institute and its sister organization, Civitas Action. civitas_whos_who.pdf
Coincidentally, when we were building this database this morning, all the names were listed on the Civitas Institute website. Now, only Francis X. De Luca, Civitas Institute president, is listed.
Civitas Institute is a conservative think tank funded largely by the Pope Foundation, which has given it more than $8 million since its founding in 2005—about 97 percent of its income. It is a tax-exempt nonprofit. Art Pope sat on the institute’s board of directors until Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him as state deputy budget director.
Civitas Action shares an office and many of the same staff. However, CA is different from the institute: It's a 501c (4), a nonprofit that can legally lobby; these groups are not required to disclose their donors.
CA has a link on its website "Carolina Transparency," which is a guide to elected officials. However, CA is not subjecting itself to the same level of transparency; none of its staffers or board member is listed. We found them through the group's 990 tax forms.
The sources for this material include the organizations' respective websites, LinkedIn, Lexis-Nexis, the N.C. Board of Elections, the Internal Revenue Service, Guidestar.org and employer websites. In some cases, we could not verify exact ages, so we gave a range.
See more about the Pope empire from this 2011 graphic that appeared in INDY Week. Pope has since stepped down from several of his boards because of his position in state government.
Here are additional links: