A new conservative third-party group is launching in North Carolina, and taking aim at the Affordable Care Act.
Executive Director Chad Adams announced the launch of Priorities North Carolina Monday.
The press release describes the new group as "advancing public policies that limit government regulation, reduce taxes, increase public safety, improve economic opportunities, and protect property rights in the state of North Carolina. PNC will conduct polling, hold public forums, and conduct research to inform North Carolinians about the benefits of economic freedom and limited government."
The press release calls the Affordable Care Act the "most serious concern" facing the state's economy, and calls for a "serious discussion about ending or reversing" the law.
"With the Affordable Care Act, obviously this is something causing a great deal of confusion for people on the left and right," Adams said.
The new group's mission sounds similar to that of Americans For Prosperity, a national conservative group founded by the Koch brothers.
Adams says his group will differ in that it will not have a 501(c)3 component, as AFP does. It also won't be national, though he says it will advocate on federal and state issues that affect the state, like the Affordable Care Act.
"We're not going to have chapters," he said. "We're North Carolina only. State-based, state-run, and state issue-oriented."
Adams says PNC will focus primarily on economic issues, including the ACA, tax reform and energy exploration. He expects it to attract support from business groups and grassroots activists.
Adams is a past vice president for development at the John Locke Foundation. More recently, he hosted a morning talk show on the Big Talker in Wilmington, NC. He also served two terms on the Lee County Board of Commissioners, and ran unsuccessfully for state Republican party chairman in 2009.