You may have read news items about protesters showing up in Raleigh at the North Carolina state capitol on Mondays for what they call “Moral Monday,” The protests regularly lead to arrests, which is intentional. As at many such leftist protests they have it down to a science, with a sign up sheet for those who plan to get arrested. This helps insure that they don’t accidentally forget to bail anyone out. The costs for police and sheriff’s deputies are adding up, according to WNCN:
Since the protests began in April, more than 700 people have been arrested at the Legislative Building as a form of civil disobedience. But the demonstrations, and subsequently the arrests, do not come without a price.
So far, state Capitol Police has spent $22,000 covering the protests. That is in addition to $43,000 by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and $69,000 by the Raleigh Police.
The $134,000 grand total does not include the money spent by the General Assembly Police.
The Civitas Institute has found that instead of “Moral Monday” a better name might be “Money Monday.” The umbrella organization that organizes the protests contains groups that have received over $100,000,000 in direct state grants in recent years. (Yes, over one hundred million dollars in direct grants.) But that’s not all.
The money trail doesn’t stop there. Civitas discovered an additional $8.7 million from pass-through grant money given to HKonJ organizations by state-funded nonprofits from 2009 to 2012. The Golden Leaf Foundation and the Rural Economic Development Center (now under review for possible misuse of state funds) funneled taxpayer money to these liberal organizers.
To put a cherry on top, Civitas identified ten leaders of the organizations that get six figure paychecks from the nonprofits that got direct state grants. (Scroll to the bottom of the linked PDF document for that list.)
As Francis De Lucca of Civitas so ably sums it up:
When you follow the money, you see that this isn’t about morality at all. It isn’t about the high-minded virtues of justice, or equality. It’s about politics: liberal organizers have depended for years on the largess of an insolvent and bloated state bureaucracy. And as state legislators move to address rampant waste and debt in state government – something the people of North Carolina elected them to do – liberal groups fear that they are about to lose their spot at the public trough.
I thought that Moral Monday was about Democrats who were upset that both houses of the North Carolina legislature and the governor’s office were all in Republican hands at the same time for the first time since Reconstruction. But it was more than simple partisan politics. Moral Monday is about money, and the power that comes from redistributing it.