This site is about the overreaching political power of the NC Association of Realtors flush with money from cashing in your equity 6% at a time, leaving you to pay for growth with property taxes, year after year, with or without cash flow. In the last few years NCAR has pumped millions of dollars into NC political campaigns at the state and local level. They have spent millions more to defeat Local Options for Local Governments with misleading ads.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

NCAR Using Bootlegged Software?

In response to the recent furor over its mandatory dues assessment for its Issues Mobilization Fund the North Carolina Association of Realtors (NCAR) posted a release today on the NCAR website:
NCAR Leaders Explain Assessment, Dues Increase
The release contained links to two documents in Microsoft Word format:
Issues Mobilization Fund Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions

The file properties for both documents indicate that the Author is Steve Tuttle and that the Company is NCCBI. NCCBI is the acronym for North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry known since 2007 as the North Carolina Chamber. According to published reports Tuttle left NCCBI in 2005. The file properties also indicate that the software version is Microsoft Word 97-2003 and the title boxes contain the following text:

Contributing to this issue: EDWARD MARTIN, Regional Business Reports (Charlotte); CLINT JOHNSON, Regional Business Reports (Triad); CHARLENE H. NELSON, Regional Business Reports (Hickory); SETH EFFRON, Regional Business Reports (Triangle); LAWRENCE BIVINS
The similar information appears in the file properties of a document on the Union County Home Builders Association website since July 7, 2006, an article by Donald Jud, an NCAR consultant, against impact fees entitled Reject Special New Home Taxes

Edward Martin, an award winning journalist, is a Senior Editor of Business North Carolina, owned by Red Hand Media. Seth Effron is Deputy Press Secretary for Governor Mike Easley. He has a long and distinguished career, having worked at the Fayetteville Times, the Greensboro News & Record, started "The Insider" and ran "State Government Radio" before joining Easley's staff. Why these names, and the other names, are attached to an NCAR document is a wonder. With all their millions you'd think that NCAR could afford some licensed up-to-date software.

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