Mapping the Left – The Environmental Network

 

Environmentalists like to preach that all life is connected – but they themselves are connected in an intricate web of activists, groups, money and influence. And our revamped Mapping the Left site kicks off by unveiling a new network showing how these links are spread across North Carolina.

As we at Civitas created the Mapping the Left website, we knew that we needed some way to connect and visualize the massive number of groups, people and …

New Look, Continuing Mission: Mapping the Left

 

If you’re a frequent visitor to Mapping the Left (mappingtheleft.com) you have watched the website go through a transformation in the last few weeks. The look is new and mappingtheleft.com has been redesigned with advanced capabilities. You will notice faster and more powerful, yet simple, searches, updated data, profiles and new photos.  We’ve even added a media gallery where you will find flow charts and other images.

And whether you have used the site before or …

NC’s ‘Steyer’ Wants to Re-educate Conservatives

The physical resemblance is uncanny, but it’s not the only thing Jay Faison and Tom Steyer have in common. They both are wealthy political environmental activists who have decided they will spend their millions/billions to support the politics of environmentalism and the agenda of Big Solar – one influencing the power elite, the other unbelieving Republicans.

Indeed, Bob Inglis (SC-4), a former Republican congressman, recently told the Washington Post that Faison “can be the Tom Steyer …

Mary Mountcastle and the Reynolds Family Connections

This is part two of a three-part series (click here for part 1)

Susan Myrick

It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left – and the family that dominates it.

Our research has confirmed that the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has abandoned its original mission and has turned into a foundation bent on …

David Neal and the Reynolds Family Connections

This is part one of a three-part series

Susan Myrick

It can be very difficult to grasp or visualize the vastness of the network of left-wing groups in North Carolina. But one way to start is with the key group on the left, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – and the family that dominates it.

There are literally hundreds of liberal/progressive groups from different areas of the political, public, private and nonprofit sectors. Moreover, groups with different …

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: Roots of Radicalism

Susan Myrick

Z. Smith Reynolds, in a photo from the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation hasn’t always been the largest funder of liberal activist organizations in North Carolina. But just as the Reynolds family moved away from the legacy of its founding patriarch, in time the foundation abandoned its roots in free-market innovation and success to embrace an array of left-wing causes and dogmas.

The Foundation began as a tribute to its …

Mapping the Left: Introduction

In North Carolina, left-wing nonprofit advocacy groups for decades have wielded an alarming amount of power in the media, state politics, and government. They work together, both in loose coalitions and organized networks, to influence and control public policy.

Only now, however, is there a user-friendly online database that sheds light on this vast, shadowy network. Mapping the Left combines data and on-going stories about the organizations, the people and the funders that make up the …