Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh denizens listening to news talk radio should expect to hear ads from a new nonprofit group this month promoting lower taxes and fewer government regulations.
Audio of Economic Growth NC's first commercial Economic Growth NC is headed by Jay Warshaw, a veteran political communicator who worked for former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole. He now lives in Wilmington.
"We're not the least bit interested or involved in party politics," Warshaw said.
Rather, he said, the group wants to push a fiscally conservative philosophy rather than any one tax proposal or candidate.
"We're talking to the Raleigh echo chamber, that's our audience," he said.
The first commercial credits state government actions that "cut taxes, slowed government spending and limited regulation" with sparking economic growth in North Carolina. It also uses a speech by former President Ronald Reagan to drive home the point.
"We think Ronald Reagan helps us make the point," Warshaw said, adding that the former president will likely show up in future radio spots.
As for who is backing the group, Warshaw said Economic Growth NC is a small organization with three board members and a small budget.