© 2024 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Americans For Prosperity Spends Big To Thank McCrory, Lawmakers


Last month, Governor Pat McCrory signed off on cuts to both personal income and corporate tax rates. Now, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity wants to say thank you. And it's spending a lot of money to do so.

What’s the best way to say thank you to a politician? With a happy television ad, of course. One with loads of smiling people and upbeat music. Why are they smiling? "Because Governor McCrory and the General Assembly cut income taxes again," says the narrator.


Television ads cost money to produce and to air. This one is being broadcast in every market in North Carolina. So just how much is the conservative group spending? "It’s a six-figure television buy," says Donald Bryson, the director of the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

Push him for specifics and he answers "that’s still in flux." Besides the 30-second spot, which began airing during Sunday night football, Bryson says there will also be mailers sent out and a thank you campaign on social media. 

What makes this ad interesting is who they’re thanking. Sure, they give a shout out to the General Assembly as a whole. But they mention just one politician by name. Governor Pat McCrory. "We mention the governor by name because he’s the governor," says Bryson, who ads a lot of other politicians helped pass the budget and the tax cuts. "But if we listed every legislator who did it we couldn’t do it within the :30 seconds of the ad." Fair enough, but things in politics are rarely that clear cut.

This comes not long after Democrat Roy Cooper, North Carolina’s attorney general, jumped into the 2016 governor’s race. Republican Pat McCrory is expected to launch his re-election bid soon. This kind of statewide ad buy with positive messaging about one candidate can't hurt. But Bryson says that wasn’t behind the conservative group’s thinking.

"The election is well over a year away. We’ve been very vocal about the tax cuts all year long. And so this is just the appropriate time and as fast as we could possibly talk about the policies that passed."

There’s a good chance you’ll be able to see the ad and decide for yourself.

Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR. Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit. Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others. Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.