Does NAACP president profit from Moral Monday?

A protest of Republican policies at the North Carolina General Assembly ended April 29 with the arrests of NC NAACP President William Barber and several other activists. (ABC11 Reporter Angelica Alvarez)
July 5, 2013 7:03:02 PM PDT
After nine weeks of Moral Monday protests, NAACP president Rev. William Barber is firing back at claims that he is profiting from the weekly demonstrations.

Almost 700 people have been arrested outside the General Assembly over the past two months.

The president of the right-leaning Civitas Institute sums up the Moral Monday cause to money.

"The groups that were organizing this, a good number of them, get money directly from the federal government," N.C. Civitas Institute's Francis De Luca said.

On the Civitas website, a headline reads " William Barber Rakes in Taxpayer Dollars ? Leads ? Moral (no it is) ? Money Mondays!" The corresponding article outlines a nonprofit, Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation, which Barber's church oversees. It says the organization took in more than $1 million in recent years.

"His non-profit would not exist except for state government funding," De Luca said.

In fact, DeLuca said it is how Barber earns a living.

Barber fired back, saying the Civitas claims are false.

"Well it's one of those attempts by Civitas to divert. They know it's slanderous, they know it's not true," Barber said.

Online, Barber's church lists him as the chairman of the nonprofit focused on economic development in Wayne County that has offered education, housing, and financial aid to the elderly and low income residents for more than a decade.

"People know I'm a volunteer, even with the NAACP. Other work I do, I volunteer. I am a pastor," Barber said.

Barber said Civitas is making the claims to draw attention away from what he calls extreme policy.

Click here to read the entire article from Civitas Review Online

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