Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

500,000—amount in dollars raised as of June 30 by Real Jobs NC, a 527 political group founded by PPD CEO Fred Eshelman from Wilmington, Republican Murchison Biggs from Lumberton and Republican John Marin from Durham. ("New NC committee has $500,000 to talk "real jobs" Associated Press, August 16, 2010)

300,000—amount in dollars given to Real Jobs NC by the Republican State Leadership Committee (Ibid)

100,000—amount in dollars given to Real Jobs NC by RightChange.com, another 527 political organization funded primary by Eshelman (Ibid)

100,000—amount in dollars given to Real Jobs NC by Variety Stores, Inc. owned by Art Pope (ibid)

1—number of times Art Pope told the Associated Press that Real Jobs NC was nonpartisan (Ibid)

2—number of candidates Real Jobs NC notified the State Board of Elections that it would be targeting with its electioneering communications (State Board of Elections, Electioneering Communications Report tiled June 30, 2010)

2—number of candidates that Real Jobs NC has said it will target who are Democrats—Rep. Hugh Holliman and Rep. Alice Underhill. (State Board of Elections, Electioneering Communications Report tiled June 30, 2010)

4—number of bills cited in recent Real Jobs NC mailing against Rep. Hugh Holliman to support the mailing's suggestion that Holliman "is wasting our tax dollars on pork during a recession." (Real Jobs NC mailing)

25 million—amount in dollars of the cost of a fishing pier in Nags Head authorized by legislation passed by the 2010 session of the General Assembly that is one of the four bills cited in mailing against Holliman (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session, Real Jobs NC mailing)

111—number of votes cast in House in favor of House Bill 628 that authorized the construction of the fishing pier in Nags Head (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session)

48—number of Republicans who voted for House Bill 628 (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session)

0—number of Republicans who voted against House Bill 628 (North Carolina General Assembly, House Bill 628, 2009-2010 session)

112—-days since Real Jobs NC filed its initial papers with the IRS as a 527 political organization (Internal Revenue Service, Political Organization Disclosure)

50—number of days after Real Jobs NC filed its initial papers with IRS that it amended its list of officers and directors to add Art Pope (Ibid)

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