Are the producers and supporters of the new video alleging the Koch Brothers bought the 2009 Wake County school board elections now backing away from the claim?
As noted in today's article, the message is moving away from the Koch Brothers buying school board candidates in 2009 to saying they backed a long-term campaign to destabilize the school system to make the election results possible.
Robert Greenwald, director of the video, said that its intent was to show that long-term efforts by the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity helped create an environment in which candidates could craft a winning campaign on opposing the school board.
“We wanted to show that the long campaign from Americans for Prosperity was the most important factor and the result was an election win,” Greenwald said.
Bob Geary of the liberal Independent weekly didn't directly back up his statement in the video that AFP poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the election.
“It was a fair statement in the context in which I made it, which was a discussion of the long campaign waged against the Wake School Board by Americans for Prosperity,” Geary said. “It is not my place to defend or rebut (the) thesis in the video, it is their thesis, not mine.”
Dallas Woodhouse, state director of the conservative Americans for Prosperity, accused the other side of changing their story.
“The video accused us of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote, train and nominate candidates,” Woodhouse said. “What they’re saying now is not what they’re saying in the video. They can’t back up their libelous statements.”