ELITE: Cooper Creates Cushy Position for Executive of Lefty Reynolds Foundation

RALEIGH – When Democrats like Governor Roy Cooper talk about ‘corporate welfare’ or browbeat Republicans about being a party of the rich, it’s pure projection. Cooper has revealed as much in creating a new and vague position in his office to for a longtime executive of the Far Left Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Joy Vermillion Heinsohn currently serves as assistant director for the Reynolds Foundation, which she’s worked with for more than 20 years, but will become a ‘Philanthropy Liaison,’ a freshly made up position, for the Office of Governor Roy Cooper in March.

The Foundation, drawing it’s name from the tobacco heir, son of R.J. Reynolds, is as embedded in the North Carolina as it gets. They’re the group behind Blueprint NC, a scheme to tar and feather — to ‘eviscerate’ — Republicans like Governor Pat McCrory.

According to ‘Mapping the Left,’ a comprehensive mapping of activist and funding networks for leftist causes in North Carolina, the Foundation is, “key to every move made by the political Left in North Carolina. So whether the foundation has provided funds in the way of grants or whether an organization claims an alliance with Z. Smith Reynolds they will be included in this network.”

In North Carolina, all Left turns lead to Reynolds. They are at the center of the Elite Left.

As adroitly covered by the Carolina Journal‘s David Bass, Cooper’s move shows the power of pull in clear relief. But more than that, it begs questions about the position itself and what its role will be.

From CJ:

“[…] According to a news release Wednesday, Jan. 27, the new role is “grant-funded,” although it is not obvious who the funder is. Questions from Carolina Journal on specific duties for the position, plus information on its source of funding, were not returned Thursday. CJ has filed an open-records request with the governor’s office to obtain any grant agreements surrounding the position.

Z. Smith Reynolds actually broke the news Monday, Jan. 25, with a two-paragraph note on its website from Executive Director Maurice “Mo” Green.

In a statement to CJ, Senate Majority Leader Kathy Harrington, R-Gaston, noted that having an outside entity fund a state employee “presents numerous conflict of interest” challenges. “Who will she be accountable to: the taxpayers or the liberal organizations funding her position?” Harrington said. […]”

It’s a good question. A longtime coordinator for the state’s biggest funder of Leftist activism, will now be a leader in directing more left wing ‘philanthropy,’ adorned in the legitimacy of the Office of Governor and the State of North Carolina? Well she is positively giddy about the opportunity to cultivate this thriving ecosystem of crony money on the Left driving the kind of change Leftists want to see.


“[…] In a letter to Reynolds Foundation staff, Heinsohn outlined portions of what her new role will entail.

“The philanthropic sector in NC is rapidly growing and changing, with several new foundations on the scene with financial assets that our state has not previously seen,” she wrote. “Simultaneously, our state and nation continue to reckon with issues of racial injustice, democracy, climate justice, education, and economic inequality in ways that now are overlayed with a pandemic and its repercussions. … Moving forward, building partnerships will be central to my new role in state government, which will focus on connecting state government and philanthropy to strengthen our collective ability to improve the quality of life of the people of North Carolina.” […]”

Racial injusdtice. Climate justice. Inequality. Heinsohn is Woke.

That’s consistent with the Reynolds Foundation itself, whose core values include Woke planks like ‘Equity’ and ‘Justice.’

In fact, Bass points out that it was the Reynolds Foundation that seeded Cooper’s new Racial Equity Task Force with $50,000, as the Elite Left capitalized on the fomented convulsions instigated by the Woke Cultural Revolution to gain even more power over policy. Again, all Left turns lead to Reynolds.

Why keep up appearances? Why not just move the Elite Left ‘activism allocators’ directly into the governor’s office to perch at the center of an even bigger web of influence?

Read more at Carolina Journal.

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