NC Common Cause


Common Cause supports taxpayer financed public campaigns and is a member of four of the liberal progressive political networks – Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, Blueprint NC, Democracy NC, and Together NC Partner Coalition. Blueprint NC is 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.

Most of Common Cause’s national grant money comes from radical left wing progressive foundations such as George Soros’ Open Society, Proteus, Tides, and Z Smith Reynolds. The NC group is one of 35 state chapters.


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Association Position & Time
Brent Laurenz Director of Outreach and Special Projects Current
Jane Pinsky Associate Director Current
Tom Coulson Board Member Former
Chris Fitzsimon Board Member Current
Bob Phillips Executive Director Current
Larry King Board Member Current
Sam Brown Board Member Former
Lille Ruth Jones Board Member Former
Michael Leach Board Member Former
Ann McCracken Board Member Current
Warren Murphy Board Member Former
Bill Palich Board Member Former
John Holdsclaw Board Member Former
Beverly Brown Board Treasurer Former
Mary Morgan Board Member Former
Masac Dorlouis Campus Outreach Coordinator Former
Tracy Leatherberry Campus Outreach Coordinator Former
Bryan Warner Director of Communications Current
Marcus Bass Board Member Current
Marcus Bass Campus Outreach Coordinator Former
Dennis Burns Board Member Current
Jay Gladieux Board Member Current
Earl Johnson Board Member Current
Ann McColl Board Member Current
Mark Nance Board Member Current
Ivanna Gonzalez College Outreach Coordinator Former

This group funded by:

Funder Year Amount Description
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2016 25,000 For general operating support of its NC office
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2016 75,000 Voting a full ballot in NC project
Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Inc 2011 75,000 General/operating support For general operating support
Triangle Community Foundation 2012 1,000
Triangle Community Foundation 2009 15,000 Program development For Community Grantmaking Program
The Educational Foundation of America 2012 15,000
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2016 40,000 For HBCU Engagement & Education project
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2015 50,000 For HBCU & Education project
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2014 60,000 For HBCU Education program
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2008 25,000
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2012 40,000
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2013 40,000
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2005 25,000
AJ Fletcher Foundation 2006 25,000



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