RALEIGH – Americans for Prosperity-North Carolina (AFP-NC) today launched its first digital ads as part of “Reverse Robin Hood Cooper,” the grassroots organization’s effort aimed at shining a light on Gov. Roy Cooper’s corporate welfare spending.
Cooper has committed more than $125 million to hand-picked businesses and special interests through the One North Carolina Fund (One NC) and Job Development Investment Grant Program (JDIG) since taking office in January. The digital campaign urges North Carolinians to contact Cooper and ask him to put an end to corporate welfare, just like he promised to do repeatedly during his campaign.
“Our goal is to help activists educate their neighbors on what corporate welfare is: Robin Hood in reverse, fleecing middle-class residents of the Tar Heel state to enrich the well-connected,” said AFP-NC State Director Donald Bryson.
“But nothing will change unless North Carolinians speak up, which is why we’ve built out a platform that empowers activists to take action and contact Gov. Cooper on this issue. Gov. Cooper should stop signing sweetheart corporate welfare deals on the backs of taxpayers and instead pursue the kind of pro-growth policies like aggressive tax reforms that have led to unparalleled economic growth in our state over the last six years.”
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The incentive for politicians to giveaway tax dollars so that they may cut ribbons and claim credit for creating jobs is too strong to expect lawmakers to divest themselves of the power to pick winners and losers.
These power incentives exist, not only in economic development, but wherever government has an undue influence such as healthcare and education. Economic growth is great, but it is best achieved through free markets and limited government. Cooper represents bigger government and more control of your money and lives.
For more information on AFP-NC’s efforts to hold Cooper accountable, click here.