July 21, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishinia and Neal Tepel
The North Carolina Republican Party has launched a campaign accusing the Moral Mondays movement of being a front for out-of-state unions to enable vote fraud.
"They want to make it easier to cheat in our elections," state GOP chair Hasan Harnett said July 13 in Winston-Salem. "They are being paid by unions to fight voter ID in North Carolina." The accusations came as a federal court began hearings on a lawsuit alleging that the state’s 2013 voting laws were intended to reduce turnout among Afro-American voters. Harnett also charged that “unions are paying people to protest on Moral Mondays,” based on a $1.2 million payment by the Service Employees International Union to a liberal nonprofit called Action NC. WRAL-TV in Raleigh rated that accusation as a “red light” on its fact-checking scale, as a statement “demonstrably false or unfounded.” The money actually went to cover payroll services for the Carolina Workers Organizing Committee, which has been organizing fast-food workers. Read more here.