James “Art” Pope is the CEO of Variety Wholesalers, a discount retail chain he inherited from his father, and chairman of the John William Pope Foundation.
Pope is an influential financier of libertarian causes within his home state of North Carolina as well as on the national level. Pope has direct experience in the politics of his state as a four-time member of North Carolina’s House of Representatives, a two-time delegate for the Republican National Convention, and as special counsel to the governor.
Art Pope's Appointment to North Carolina Deputy Budget Director
After being elected Governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory appointed Art Pope as his deputy budget director in December, 2012. Pope and his family donated $20,000 to McCrory's campaign, $125,000 to the NC Republican Party and financed groups that spent over $5.4 million in effort to support McCrory's campaign, mostly through advertising. Americans for Prosperity directly aided Pat McCrory's 2012 candidacy, at a time when Art Pope was still a founding director of Americans for Prosperity's national chapter. Pope served as McCrory's deputy budget director until August, 2014.