Democracy NC

Group

Democracy NC began as Democracy South in 1991 as a project of the radical liberal political group – Institute For Southern Studies, where Bob Hall, the group’s only leader, worked for 25 years and was founding editor of their magazine, Southern Exposure.

In a series of articles, the Civitas Institute has pointed out that “Democracy NC is a radical left wing partisan group and its director, Bob Hall, is the State Board of Election’s right-hand man …. Democracy NC is portrayed in the press as ‘a campaign finance watchdog group’ or ‘a non-partisan watchdog group,’ never as a ‘liberal leaning group’ or as a ‘liberal advocacy group.’ This despite constant lobbying against issues like voter ID, and for taxpayer-financed campaigns and other liberal pet projects.”

Democracy NC is a founding member of Blueprint NC, the group that gained infamy with their strategy memo that directed their members to “eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate” the state’s leadership in 2013, and Bob Hall and Democracy NC lead the charge. Democracy NC has received grants from North Carolina’s biggest funder of anything liberal, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. The grants totaled $4.2 million in a 10-year period for things such as lobbying for progressive ideas, public financing of campaigns and other liberal favorites.

In December of 2015 Democracy NC joined with the ACLU to sue the State Board of Elections, accusing them of violating the National Voter Registration Act – known as “motor voter law.” The State Board of Elections immediately provided data and charts to demonstrate that the lawsuit was most likely frivolous.

 

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Association Position & Time
Molly Beacham Director of Development Former
Brad Thompson Board Member Former
Louisa Warren Board Member Current
Julie Mooney Board President Former
Julie Mooney Board Member Current
Tom Coulson Board Member Former
Natalie Watson Emeritus Board Chair Former
Ruben Campillo Board Treasurer Former
Bob Hall Executive Director Current
Wib Gulley Board President Current
Kevin Foy Board Treasurer Current
Beth Messersmith Co-Executive Director Former
Reginald Watson Emeritus Board Chair Former
Kim McGuire Board Member Current
Sonya Bennetone Board Member Current
Adam Beyah Board Vice President Current
Zeb Smathers Board Member Current
Terry Taylor-Allen Board Member Current
Kathy Knight Board Vice President Former
Gabe Casalett Communications Specialist Former
Becky Carver Development Director Current
Jen Jones Communications Manager Current
Leigh Bradley Office Manager Current
Isela Gutierrez-Gunter Associate Research Director Current
Iris Green Member Former
Omisade Burney-Scott Training Director Former
Jennifer Lyday Board Member Former
Jake Gellar-Goad Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator Current
Adam Sotak Statewide Campaign Organizer Former
Adam Sotak Organizing Director Former
Adam Sotak Western NC Field Organizer Former
Adam Sotak Organizing Director Former
Betty Chafin Rash Board Member Former
Linda Sutton Field Organizer Current
Ashley Foxx Field Organizer Former
Jeremy Collins Field Organizer Former
Shoneca Kent Field Organizer, Northeastern NC Former
Peter Walz Community Organizer Former
Jane Whilden Board of Directors Former
Tony Foriest Board Member Former
Jennifer Frye Associate Director Current
Diane Roberts Board Member Former
Darlene Azarmi Western NC Organizer Current
Cheryl Ellis Organizing Director Current
Nancy Clark-Shakir Field Organizer, Southeast NC Current
Diane Robertson Board Secretary Current
Quinton Harper Field Director Current
Marcus Bass Campaign Manager Current
Monique Jackson Part-time Assistant Organizer Former

This group funded by:

Funder Year Amount Description
Tides Foundation 2012 10,000 Program development For voter registration efforts for youth of color
Tides Foundation 2012 10,000 General/operating support For general support
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2013 5,000
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2013 500
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina Inc 2013 300
Foundation For The Carolinas 2013 150,000
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2009 350,000 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2011 30,000 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2013 600,000 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2014 200,000 For support of the Millennial Engagement Partnership Project
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2014 350,000 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2014 15,000 For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2006 350,000 General/operating support For general operating support to fight influence of money in politics and advocate for good government reforms
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2005 400,000 General/operating support; Continuing support For general operating support
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2003 400,000 General/operating support For general support to continue building public support for comprehensive campaign finance and voting rights reform in North Carolina
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 2,500 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 3,150
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 1,500
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 3,000 For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 25,000 For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 1,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 5,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 1,500 For the general fund to help with Z Smith Reynolds grant
Triangle Community Foundation 2013 3,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 2,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 10,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 9,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 1,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 3,000 For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 1,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 1,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 2,500
Triangle Community Foundation 2014 2,000 For general operating expenses
Triangle Community Foundation 2005 4,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2005 3,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2005 2,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2006 14,250 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2007 47,900 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 15,000 Program development For Community Grantmaking Program
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 20,000 General/operating support
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 1,000 General/operating support
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 1,000 For operational support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 20,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 1,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 3,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 15,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 1,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 15,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 25,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 15,000 General/operating support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 12,500 General/operating support; Continuing support For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 2,500
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 1,000 General/operating support For general support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 17,500 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 10,000 Program development To help defend voting rights
Triangle Community Foundation 2011 15,000 General/operating support For general operations
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 1,000 For Summer 2009 intern
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 15,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2010 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 10,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 10,000 Continuing support
Triangle Community Foundation 2008 1,000 For information about saving energy in Durham neighborhoods
Public Welfare Foundation Inc 2013 1,000 General/operating support For General support
NEO Philanthropy 2012 50,000 For Grant made through SIF - State Infrastructure Fund
The Educational Foundation of America 2012 80,000
The Educational Foundation of America 2011 25,000 Program development For Voter-Owned Elections for North Carolina
The Educational Foundation of America 2010 50,000 General/operating support For general support
The Educational Foundation of America 2009 100,000 Program development For Voter-Owned Elections for North Carolina
The Educational Foundation of America 2006 100,000 Program development For Same Day Registration and Voting Project
Park Foundation Inc 2013 10,000 For Youth Leadership Training Project, offering training and summer workshops for college-age students in North Carolina to develop citizenship responsibilities and community organizing skills
Park Foundation Inc 2012 10,000 Continuing support
Park Foundation Inc 2011 10,000 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project offering training and summer workshops for college-age students in North Carolina to develop citizenship responsibilities and community organizing skills
Park Foundation Inc 2010 15,000 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
Park Foundation Inc 2009 10,000 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
Park Foundation Inc 2008 10,000 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
Park Foundation Inc 2007 10,000 Continuing support; Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
Park Foundation Inc 2007 25,000 Program development For Campaign Donors for Campaign Reform program
Park Foundation Inc 2004 15,000 Program development For Leadership Development Project
Park Foundation Inc 2005 10,000 Continuing support; Program development For Leadership Development Training Project
Park Foundation Inc 2006 10,000 Program development For Youth Leadership Training Project
Julian Price Family Foundation 2012 4,000 General purpose of charity
Julian Price Family Foundation 2013 6,500 General purpose of charity
Julian Price Family Foundation 2010 2,500
Foundation to Promote Open Society 2011 100,000 General/operating support; Continuing support For general support
Foundation to Promote Open Society 2010 100,000 General/operating support; Continuing support For general operating support
Foundation to Promote Open Society 2009 100,000 General/operating support For general support The period covered here includes a number of grants given to assist organizations that have been the recipients of support from the JEHT Fund In most such cases these were one-time grants
Bydale Foundation 2012 10,000 Unrestricted
Bydale Foundation 2014 10,000
Bydale Foundation 2011 7,500
Bydale Foundation 2010 7,500
Bydale Foundation 2005 5,000
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2011 50,000 Program development; Research To develop and document national model for expanding civic engagement among youth through voter pre-registration policies
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2009 50,000 Program development; Research Toward research and public education around youth voter pre-registration policies
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2004 25,000 Program development; Research Toward research public education and advocacy on judicial campaign financing reform in North Carolina
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2007 150,000 Continuing support; Program development; Research For final grant toward research and public education on impact of same-day registration and other voting reforms on turnout in North Carolina
Carnegie Corporation of New York 2006 50,000 Program development; Research Toward research and public education on impact of same-day registration and voting on turnout in North Carolina
Proteus Fund Inc 2013 17,000 General/operating support For general support
Proteus Fund Inc 2012 13,500 General/operating support For general support
Proteus Fund Inc 2006 15,000 Program development For public education on campaign finance reform
Proteus Fund Inc 2006 7,500 Program development For public education on campaign finance reform
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program 2013 10,000 For General Operating Expenses
Wallace Global Fund II 2013 40,000 For program support
The Winston-Salem Foundation 2010 2,200 Conferences/seminars For advocacy workshops and youth civic engagement trainings
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2012 2,000
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2011 2,000
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2009 2,000
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2010 2,000
The Greater New Orleans Foundation 2008 2,000
The Warner Foundation 2013 40,000 To provide support
Herb Block Foundation 2014 15,000 Grassroots Voter Protecuon Project
The Double E Foundation 2013 1,000 For general operating budget
William B. Wiener, Jr. Foundation 2013 30,000 Charitable purpose of recipient
The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust 2013 25,000
The Dolphin Foundation, Inc. 2013 1,000 Support
Amador Foundation Inc. 2013 1,000 Organizational support

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