Carolina Rising Joining Democrats in Highlighting Coopers Failure on Coal Ash

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Dallas Woodhouse
June 23, 2021

Carolina Rising Joining Democrats in Highlighting Coopers Failure on Coal Ash
Carolina Rising Releases New Ad about Roy Cooper’s Petty Coal Ash Politics


(Raleigh)  Carolina Rising today released a new TV/web ad to inform the public about how Attorney General Roy Cooper is playing petty politics when it comes to Coal Ash.

“North Carolina’s fight to keep rivers clean from coal should be free from politics, but Roy Cooper can’t help himself….” the ad states.

The ad continues “Even Democrats say Cooper is playing petty politics when it comes to coal ash.…”

“During his time in the State Legislature and during his decade as the state’s top regulator, not only did Roy Cooper not do anything to deal with North Carolina’s coal ash issue, but in 2009 he gave polluters permission to keep right on polluting, said Carolina Rising President Dallas Woodhouse. “Attorney General Roy Cooper has already forced taxpayers into spending thousands in additional legal fees when he used the coal ash spill to raise campaign donations and sided with the Obama EPA over suing the people of North Carolina.  North Carolina needs a full-time Attorney General, not a tax-funded campaigner playing politics with our water. While Gov. McCrory prepares to sign a tough coal ash bill prepared by the Legislature, Roy Cooper should clean up his act.”

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Carolina Rising recently began an effort to educate the public about the growing politicization of the Attorney General’s office by Roy Cooper.

Roy Cooper’s former Assistant Attorney General recently told the New York Times that he was surprised by Cooper’s blatant politicization of the Attorney General’s office and compared Cooper unfavorably to other former Attorneys General.

“Kirk Randleman, a former assistant attorney general who served under Mr. Cooper for nine years, said he was surprised by Mr. Cooper’s outspoken comments on matters that could come before his office. ‘Cooper always insulated the staff from politics,’ Mr. Randleman said. ‘I have never known him to be so public about his personal views.’ Referring to Mr. Cooper’s predecessor, he said: ‘When Mike Easley was the attorney general, even before he ran for governor, I never knew him to make such public policy statements as Roy Cooper has.’”  (John Peragine, “North Carolina Prosecutor Takes Shots at the Laws He’s Obliged to Enforce,” New York Times, 10/24/13).

Last week Carolina Rising released a statewide information campaign, calling hundreds of thousands of North Carolina voters to inform them of Roy Cooper’s abuse of power by using an ongoing State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) investigation to smear political opponents.

Information about the Attorney General’s investigation of possible campaign finance law violations by a political donor was recently released to new reporters.   Cooper’s staff gave the impression that some of Cooper’s political opponents may have done something wrong, although there is no apparent factual basis for that allegation and little likelihood under existing campaign finance law.

Cooper recently had to admit that he lied in a 2000 TV ad and has continued to lie about it for the last 14 years.



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An innovative citizen engagement organization, Carolina Rising supports free market, education and government reform policies that will guarantee a better North Carolina for future generations. Organized as a 501 C-4, Carolina Rising seeks to aggressively promote sound public policies and individual freedoms and seeks to educate citizens by comparing & contrasting competing visions for the Tar Heel State.


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