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The Moffitt/Pope Connection … Ew!

August 5, 2012

Sly King Moffitt is the nickname the media has given Tim Moffitt, our state representative from District 116, for a myriad of reasons.  Between now and the election, I will be posting information — all gathered from public documents — outlining the case against casting a vote for Moffitt. Jane Whilden, an excellent candidate, is up against a machine of outsider money. So please consider donating and volunteering with her campaign. Too much is at stake to sit this one out. Every vote will count in this election, and local races are the place to make the biggest difference.

As of the end of July, 81% of Jane’s 2012 campaign contributions came from individuals compared to Moffitt’s 11%  (this excludes his personal contributions totaling $128,000). The rest came from political committees and political action committees (PACs). Jane’s representing the real people of Buncombe, not corporations, millionaires, and politicos. [Thank goodness for the internet, where we can see the actual documents for ourselves.]

Moffitt’s backers include Raleigh millionaire Art Pope.  In 2008, a Pope-backed PAC ran an extremely nasty ad that Moffitt himself described as “offensive” in a July 22, 2012, article in the Asheville Citizen-Times.  In that same article, Moffitt said he’d only met Pope once and “did not ask for his help.”  That didn’t stop Moffitt from taking $16,000 in direct Pope campaign contributions that year. And already this year, a Pope-related PAC has spent $47,616.25 on Moffitt’s reelection campaign.  Pope needs to keep his money in Raleigh and leave Buncombe County alone.

People will say, “All politicians are the same — out for number one.”  False. We only hear about the bad ones because they’re the ones who make the news. There are many thoughtful, fair, and cooperative people in public service. Moffitt isn’t one of them. Jane Whilden is.  Tune in next time for a look at the revealing Moffitt comments recently printed in The Biltmore Beacon.

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