Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

1.853 million—amount in dollars given in the third quarter of 2010 by PPD CEO Fred Eshelman of Wilmington to 527 group RightChange.com that is running attack ads against Democratic congressional candidates across the country.   (IRS Political Organization Disclosure Form 8872, filed 10/15/2010)

1—rank of PPD CEO Fred Eshelman among top contributors in the nation to 527 groups in the third quarter of 2010 (IRS Political Organization Database, Irregular Times.com)

9—number of top ten individual donations in the third quarter of 2010 that went to a conservative or explicitly Republican group (Ibid)

200,000—amount in dollars given in the third quarter of 2010 by Art Pope's Variety Stores to 527 group Real Jobs NC that is running ads against Democratic legislative candidates across North Carolina. (IRS Political Organization Disclosure Form 8872, filed 10/13/2010)

100,000—amount in dollars given in the third quarter of 2010 by RightChange.com to 527 group Real Jobs NC that is running ads against Democratic legislative candidates across North Carolina (Ibid)

550,000—amount in dollars given in the third quarter of 2010 by the Republican State Leadership Committee to 527 group Real Jobs NC that is running ads against Democratic legislative candidates across North Carolina (Ibid)

8—number of top ten individual donations in the second quarter of 2010 that went to a conservative or explicitly Republican group (Open Secrets, Center for Responsive Politics)

264,889—amount in dollars of contributions reported so far to the State Board of Elections by Civitas Action, the explicitly political arm of the right-wing advocacy group Civitas Institute, for ads against Democratic candidates (North Carolina State Board of Elections)

190,000—amount in dollars given to Civitas Action by Art Pope's Variety Stores (Ibid)

74,889—amount in dollars given to Civitas Action by Americans for Prosperity, of which Art Pope is a director (Ibid)

4—number of directors of Americans for Prosperity (Americans for Prosperity website)

95,000—amount in dollars Americans for Prosperity has reported that it has raised for ads attacking Democratic legislative candidates in North Carolina (North Carolina State Board of Elections)

80,000-amount in dollars given to Americans for Prosperity by Art Pope's Variety Stores to fund attack ads on legislative candidates in North Carolina (Ibid)

7,229 million-amount in dollars of the income of the Civitas Institute from 2005-2009. ("Blessed to Have a Pope," Facing South, the Institute for Southern Studies, October 14, 2010)

7,074 million—amount in dollars of contributions to the Civitas Institute from the John William Pope Foundation from 2005-2009. (Ibid)

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