Watchdog group names McCrory 'one of worst'

Posted July 17, 2013

— A left-leaning government watchdog group has named Gov. Pat McCrory "one of the worst governors in America" for giving plum jobs to political donors.

McCrory was one of 18 governors – 17 of them Republicans – singled out by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit that advocates for transparency and accountability, especially on the topic of money on politics.

The group describes its new report, "Worst Governors in America," as "an examination of shady and unethical conduct by the nation’s governors."

McCrory didn't make the top six, which includes Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, currently under state and federal investigation for potential self-dealing and corruption.

According to the release from CREW, McCrory made the second tier because he "has stacked his administration with some of his most generous campaign donors, including Art Pope, a millionaire retail magnate who fueled a Republican takeover in the state through a stable of nonprofits he has funded."

"Before Gov. Pat McCrory takes any action, he ponders the question, ‘What would Art Pope do?’ and, undoubtedly, then calls the real power behind the governor’s chair just to be sure he isn’t stepping out of line,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a statement. “By making Art Pope the unelected and unaccountable leader of North Carolina, Gov. McCrory earned his title as one of the worst governors in America.”

The report also notes that 10 of the governor's Board of Transportation appointees are campaign donors, despite his position in 2008 that such seats shouldn't be given to political fundraisers, and that Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos was also a campaign co-chair and a generous political donor as well.

WRAL News has asked for a comment from McCrory, but his press office has not yet responded to the request.


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  • rhess2 Jul 19, 2013

    If there are those that don't believe what has been said in this report look no further than McCrory's appointment to head the State Utilities Commission. He is a Raleigh lawyer that had Duke Energy as one of his clients. Not surprising since our Governor after serving as Mayor of Charlotte became a consultant for Duke Energy. My guess is the appointed attorney could have been a generous donor to the campaign. How blatantly obvious is that appointment.

  • rhess2 Jul 19, 2013

    It's too bad this report was authored by a left leaning organization. In my opinion what they said about Governor Pat McCrory is absolutely correct. No doubt his office will write it off as a politically bias report. The fact that really can't be disputed is he has stacked his administration appointments with the most generous campaign donors. Something he campaigned against accusing Democrats of "cronyism" in running NC Government. The losers in all of this are the citizens of North Carolina regardless of what party, if any, they are affiliated with. We deserve better with appointments being made on qualifications not how much money they donated to a campaign. I've stated in a previous post here history will show Pat McCrory will be one of the worst governors in NC history. I stand behind that comment and now it appears others may agree with me.

  • free2bme Jul 18, 2013

    This is a good story, other states are reporting on it. I had to work to find it on wral though.

  • Come On_Seriously Jul 18, 2013

    Maybe some of you folks should read the report and drop the liberal/conservative attitudes. It focuses on pay to play cronyism- not just politics. Almost every appointment McCrory has made has been either a chair or fundraiser for, or a bigtime donor to, his campaign.

    So pay-to-play cronyism is ok if it is your party doing it? For shame. The hypocrisy is astounding.

  • sisu Jul 18, 2013

    I have followed politics for many years and I have been fascinated by the number of wealthy political donors who have been appointed to high level positions. A few thousand dollars (or even hundred thousand dollars) is a tiny price to pay when you get to write or influence legislation that will pay you back tenfold.

    (Been out of state on business the last couple of weeks. Only had time to read a few articles. I can tell you that the many in the midwest are now grouping NC with Mississippi and Alabama.)

  • dawg59 Jul 18, 2013

    Leave it to WRAL to report this as news...LOL

  • free2bme Jul 18, 2013

    The majority of Nc agree with this factual account of his 6 months in office. He has looked out for his rich friends and donors first and far most. Lied to the citizens of NC while running for office. He continues to ignore what is right in front of him and NC as a whole. The few supporters and rich donor friends he has left will not be enough to win another election. No telling what skeletons are in his closet that are yet to come out. He has been a major disappointment to many of us.

  • Whosays Jul 17, 2013

    Is the watchdog group WRAL?

  • banker27520 Jul 17, 2013

    " The majority of us in NC love Pat and are sure happy the Bev is gone! We love our governor and we love our General Assembly."

    lol obviously you haven't seen the latest polls, old Pat there going down quickly, more voters dislike him than like him and the GA is like in the lows 20s in approval ratings.

  • GovernmentMule Jul 17, 2013

    If they want to do a study on "transparency" they should have a look at the White House. They'll have a field day.